Literally as they were shutting the lights off at HP Discover in Frankfurt, I grabbed Brent Allen and had a quick chat with him to get the latest portfolio updates around HP CloudSystem, which also included HP VirtualSystem. Brent is always fun to talk and really knows his stuff.
In this podcast, he talked about enhancements to the family which included support for Red Hat Linux and incorporating the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 into the VirtualSystem (VS3). Here's the podcast with Brent.
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At VMworld, my HP TechCast co-host Jeffery Powers and I did a show focused on some of the news coming from VMworld. The guests on the HP TechCast were:
- Brent Sullivan, VMware
- Brent Allen, HP
- Janice Owens, Emulex
- Gagan Bhatia, HP
- Jacob Van Ewyk, HP
EMC made an announcement earlier today around a product called VSPEX; I haven't had a lot of time to look at it but basically looks like they're working with the channel to offer reference architecture of a converged stack. Of course it's all based on EMC hardware though they claim they have reference architectures for other components to be something other than VCE-based Cisco servers and networking.
What got my attention was a tweet I saw from Dave Vellante. Dave is the CEO co-founder of Wikibon.org and co-host of The Cube. I've got the conversation here - be sure to read from the bottom up.
I was responding to Dave to make sure that he knows that HP CloudSystem doesn't have to be based on HP servers, storage, and networking. Dave was surprised by that so I reached out to Nick van der Zweep, Director of Business Strategy in our CloudSystem business to get the details. I'll summarize a few things that Nick and I discussed:
- HP CloudSystem DOES support multiple non-HP components. Customers will get the most integration and automation by using a complete HP stack. For example - if customers use non-HP storage, they lose the integration we have with Storage Provisioning Manager that simplifies provisioning storage. See my previous blog post on SPM that includes a demo of SPM. For non-HP storage, a storage admin would have to provision a LUN and give that to the server admin so they can then use that within the CloudSystem environment.
There's not a lot of time to vote in round 2 of our Blogger Reality Contest. This blog post points to each of the bloggers' work they've done for this round's topic: Converged Systems.
Today post as my title states is a deeper dive than I took yesterday on our HP 3PAR news. I'm not going to even try to summarize it in this short teaser so if you're reading this from an RSS feed or on my blog summary page, please check out the blog post - I think you'll find it well worth your time.