By Brad Kirby, HP Group Manager, Microsoft Product Partnerships
HP delivers the optimal foundation for Microsoft System Center 2012 and Microsoft private cloud
On January 17, Microsoft unveiled its private cloud strategy as well as a comprehensive update to System Center licensing and pricing. Here’s why this is good news for our mutual customers.
No stopping the move to private cloud computing
At the 2010 Gartner Data Center Conference, 76% of the customers in the audience indicated that they were in the process of formulating a private cloud strategy. Though “cloud” is one of the most overused terms in the industry, companies are investing heavily in the development of both public and private cloud strategies because they realize that current compute models are no longer sustainable. Not only are compute and power infrastructure expensive to purchase and maintain, the multiple manual touch points between IT operations, application owners, and business owners, retard agility and make it difficult to respond quickly to customer requirements and competitive pressure.
The move toward the cloud started with virtualization and the ability to consolidate resources on fewer systems, thereby boosting server utilization and lowering operating costs. But companies have realized that virtualization on its own is not enough. Not only must they more effectively utilize costly compute infrastructure, they need to cut down on the time required to provision IT services to end users while standardizing IT service configurations and giving application and business owners more control over the service deployment process.
Microsoft’s announcement makes cloud computing more accessible
Here’s where the storage part come in: The combination of Microsoft Hyper-V with Microsoft System Center 2012, on top of HP’s market leading infrastructure, enables you to more easily provision, monitor and control pools of server and storage resources and automates the process for deploying virtualized IT services across those infrastructure resource pools. And with comprehensive fault and performance monitoring of applications such as SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint and others, you can more holistically track service levels and make adjustments to workload placement to ensure the best possible use of available resources.
Perhaps even more exciting are the updates to the Microsoft System Center licensing model. Microsoft will consolidate different System Center product offerings into a single package, license all System Center value on a per socket basis, and collapse different licensing options into two core options—System Center Standard and System Center Data Center. This is important for a number of reasons. First, you gain access to the entire System Center portfolio through a single part number. Second, because Microsoft licenses on a per-socket instead of a per-virtual machine basis, the only limitations on virtual machine deployments are underlying hardware resources and workload requirements.
The advantage of solutions designed specifically for Microsoft private cloud
Did you know that more customers run Microsoft virtualization and cloud solutions on HP than any other platform? That’s because solutions such as HP VirtualSystem for Microsoft have been designed specifically with Microsoft virtualization and the Microsoft private cloud in mind. HP VirtualSystem for Microsoft integrates the value of HP Insight Control with Microsoft System Center to enable comprehensive monitoring and control of Microsoft private cloud solutions. In addition, HP VirtualSystem removes the complexity of delivery virtualization and cloud solutions because server, storage, and networking infrastructure are all configured in HP factories, and Microsoft Windows and Microsoft System Center are installed onsite by trained HP Technical Services Personnel.
If you want to move quickly to System Center 2012, HP’s Technical Services will support Microsoft System Center 2012 on day one. If you are an HP VirtualSystem for Microsoft customer who purchases Microsoft System Center today with software assurance, know you’ll have a clear path to System Center 2012 in the near future.
HP is also in the process of updating Insight Control integrations with System Center and will provide additional information about release timelines and functionality in conjunction with System Center 2012 general availability.
Cloud computing infrastructure at the ready—with HP VirtualSystem
As Microsoft enables virtualization and private cloud for a broader range of organizations, HP is ready to deliver the infrastructure required to power the Microsoft private cloud. With HP VirtualSystem for Microsoft, you gain the infrastructure you need to begin your journey to the Microsoft Private Cloud—without spending precious time on hardware selection, assembly, configuration and tuning with solutions that can be deployed up top 50% faster than piecemeal offerings.
HP VirtualSystem for Microsoft conforms to the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track specification, ensuring that the infrastructure delivered embodies HP and Microsoft best practices and delivers up to three times the number of virtual machines than competing solutions.
Looking for more information?
- Learn more about the Microsoft Private Cloud and Microsoft System Center 2012
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- Learn more about HP and Microsoft
- Learn more about HP Services for the Microsoft Private Cloud