HP Product Manager Mike Verdugo releases new info on the next generation of the Cloud System portfolio, with major enhancements to the solution. HP's over all cloud portfolio includes a complete set of build and operate solutions and complementary consume operations such as public cloud and managed cloud services. The new product expands the build and operate solution, which is already in use with over 1200 customers worldwide. The new system introduces a self service marketplace portal and major enhacements to the user experience. There is also increased integration with HP OveView offering the same integration services at the hardware and cloud services level.
Both enterprise and hosting provider customers will find the new solution of interest. Mike discusses HP contributions to OpenStack. This next version of Cloud System is build on HP Cloud OS, a major contribution to OpenStack. This offers protection against lock-in and allows customers long term flexibility in Cloud environments.
In this SDRNews interview, Langton Blue Ltd Founder Chris Evans expands on his recent article in Computerweekly on the topic of types of storage architectures that are able to respond to the massive volume of data expected in IT environments over the next few years. He sees Scale-Out storage, where the storage infrastructure is loosely-coupled and expanded by adding nodes ,as the long term winner.
The introduction of storage area networks, iSCSI and Fibre Channel removed many of the physical barriers for storage and server connection, but issues such as multiple workloads on a storage asset, maintenance and upgrade complications increase with storage capacity.
Chris predicts that over the next five years that the Scale-Out technology will clearly gain traction on the replacement plans of most enterprise architects. He offers some predictions concerning specific companies that appear to be well positioned to help those plans.
Chris M. Evans is an independent consultant with Langton Blue, a London-based consultancy. He has worked in the IT industry since the late 1980s, after receiving a BSc (Hons) in computational science and mathematics from the University of Leeds. For most of the last 20 years, Chris has worked as an independent consultant, focusing on open systems storage and more recently virtualisation and cloud. In addition to his consultancy work, Chris blogs at architecting.it and produces articles for online publications. You can contact him on twitter @chrismevans or via email at email@example.com.
HP Group Manager Brent Allen of HP Converged Systems reveals some of the thoughts that HP used as a basis for the newly introduced 300 and 700 series converged systems, code named Shark. These systems focus on dedicated workloads such as Virtualization, Private/Hybrid cloud, Client Virtualization (VDI), Big Data systems such as Hadoop or HP Vertica. Working closely with partners such as VMware and SAP as well as channel partners, HP is able to address issues such as speed of deployment (less than 20 days in some cases), rapid quote time for systems, and efficiency of design throughout the product life cycle.
This is a bit different from some go to market strategies that HP has used in the past, with a "Channel First" plan that has evolved out of the theme of converged infrastructure that HP has been promoting for several years, but moving integrated deployment up to the system level.
The offerings include financing and the ability to reduce the time required to meet a requirement, as well as templates for various application deployment schemes, saving costs in consulting and configuration settings for both channel partners and end customers.
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Simak Nazari, from HP 3PAR provides an overview of unique architecture for HP 3PAR storage that allows exceptional storage scalability for HP Customers equaled by no other competitor. the 3PAR StoreServ family is the only product set in the industry to span midrange, high-end, and all flash systems.
Simak led the efforts at 3PAR developing the storage architecture, and faced significant challenges. In addition to changes in component parts that were resulting in incredible advancements in both rotating media and solid state drives, 3PAR engineers also had to cope with. For example, smaller systems have much fewer resources in CPU and memory than multi-CPU enterprise systems, as well as differing CPU management schemes.
Many of HP competitors offer ranges of performance in latency and IOPS - requiring a reset to move to a more complex system. HP 3PAR capabilities are explained further at http://hp.com/storage .
Jim Cooper and J.D. Detling , Distinguished Technologies from HP Enterprise services addressing needs of both large and midsize HP Customers moving hundreds or thousands of legacy applications to mobile enabled versions that better address customer needs.
HP Enterprise services allow customers to proactively proceed in the journey within these four business drivers: Cloud, Mobility, Security and Big Data
Some enterprises are still allowing their IT department to set process oriented policies and application decisions. Moving these customers into a rapid and agile deployment in a business centric approach is a primary task for this unit of IT. Under the New Style of IT, departments must make decisions with the goal of increasing market share, customer loyalty, and attracting young talent that is accustomed to a high level of service.
The new style of IT has a number of elements. Moving from legacy desktop to smartphones has been a wake-up call for many legacy organizations. Tablets - not necessarily the operating system but focus upon how the application engages with the user. Cloud, mobility, and big data challenges around the world are dependent upon understanding the thinking process of younger IT team members and the customers that are in the same age demographic, and at the same time respecting new expectations on privacy and integrated capability.
Mike Shaw from HP Strategic Marketing provides an overview of HP's initiative to engage HP Customers and internal experts in a discussion of the future of the datacenter.
The impact of virtualization and cloud computing that are being felt today can only be expected to accelerate. Gaining business advantage becomes a major challenge when the nominal cost structure of competitors may be same as, or perhaps lower than yours. Far-sighted management must figure out how to deploy those commoditized resources in new ways to gain the agility and responsiveness required.
HP has engaged on a community basis with employees, external subject matter experts, and customers to define this new environement.
More Information: http://hp.com/go/enterprise2020
Randy Meyer, VP and GM of the HP Integrity Server business unit provides an overview of the increased pressure of transactional data volume and the opportunity for Business intelligence value when handled correctly. HP's contribution to the success of major enterprises with NonStop always on performance has extended to some customers with over 27 years of uptime.
Mobile phones under LTE have extended the range of expectations that consumers share - but that communications capability has value only when coupled with dependable services. Always on- always access to your data ups the ante for service providers - moving from financial and travel applications to an entire realm of customer services in all sorts of industries.
Midcosoft's Thale Mjavatn provides an overview of the joint effort with HP to help HP Customers gain maximum value from Big Data, especially data sets that may not be anticipated in the initial planning of the system. Public datasets may provide actionable business insight, and the HP APPSystem The Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) allows reapid access to relevant and timely data from across the enterprise. PDW is a component of SQL Server 2012 , and enables you to combine this internal data with those external datasets, including Polybase which interfaces easily with Hadoop for reduction of the data,which is addressable as if it were a conventional SQL database.
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