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HP ConvergedSystem Update

I'm recently back from Nth Symposium and the video interviews that I did there are starting to role in.  One of the discussions I had was with my long-time HP friend LaMills Garrett.  I like to kid LaMills - when I first met him in the late 90's, he was a lab engineer in draedlocks.  But he was also one of the most business saavy engineers I've ever worked with so I'm not surprised that he's now a leader in the ConvergedSystem Americas team. 

 

During the discussion LaMills talked about the latest with HP ConvergedSystem - aka Sharks - and we also talked about the competition.  I couldn't help bringing up VCE as I attended a VMUG recently where a VCE employee told the audience that they are the only true converged infrastructure and HP is a system integrator. 

 

This is a really good discussion with LaMills and I'll share other interviews I have from Nth Symposium over the next few weeks. 

Data protection: what can we learn from “Sharks” on efficiency and agility?

By Srikanth Venkataseshu, Worldwide Solutions Marketing Manager, Backup Recovery and Archive Solutions, HP Storage

 

Last December, HP announced HP ConvergedSystemshark.jpg – a purpose-built system with integrated servers, network and storage wrapped with a choice of hypervisors and automation tools to accelerate time-to-deployment of virtualized applications. Naturally, HP ConvergedSystem was code named “Sharks” – symbolizing agility, efficiency and speed.

 

Advancements in hypervisors and the arrival of ConvergedSystem have made it extremely easy to rapidly deploy virtualized applications. While organizations have embraced virtualized workloads, estimates indicate that only 50% of enterprises have their data protection strategy aligned with virtualization objectives. To address this gap, we created HP Data Protection Solutions for HP ConvergedSystem – a unified technology stack based on HP StoreOnce Backup (disk based deduplication and backup) and HP Data Protector backup software. Let’s talk more about this data protection aspect.

 

A bit more on the ConvergedSystem 300 and 700

My last post, I had a podcast I did at VMware Partner Exchange giving a 30,000 foot view of the HP ConvergedSystem.  In this post, I'll come down a bit from the stratosphere and give you a bit more detail about a couple of the products in the portfolio.  The product managers for the ConvergedSystem 300 and 700 were in the booth and I have a couple of videos talking to them. Let's start with the entry level ConvergedSystem 300.

 

ConvergedSystem 300

Here's the description I found on an hp.com page:  If you have 50-300 VMs, the ConvergedSystem 300 is a fit — built on modular, standards-based infrastructure blocks that help reduce initial acquisition costs. It will arrive at your site pre-configured and pre-tested, ready to run. Even better, we’ll quote and configure your system in 20 minutes, move it to production in 20 days, and lower entry price by 25% so you can use it everywhere.*

 

See the full blog post for more on the ConvergedSystem 300 and 700.

ConvergedSystem for Virtualization

ConvergedSystem.jpgI spent the last couple of days at VMware Partner Exchange doing a few interviews and getting some content that I think you'll find useful.  I hope to have time to post most of it in the next few days. 

 

I'll start today with a podcast I did with Jeff Carlat.  Jeff is the Director of Product Management for our Converged System organization.  That's the new organization headed up by former HP Storage marketing VP Tom Joyce.  Jeff lead a session we had at VMware PEX and this podcast with him is about 5 minutes long and packed with some great insights.  Go to the full blog post to listen to the podcast.

 

 

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You can learn more about our HP Converged Systems at hp.com/go/ConvergedSystem.

HP Converged System announcement from HP Discover

HP ConvergedSystems overview.pngAlong with the storage announcements that I've been covering here on ATSB, the other big news that I think would be of interest to you is the HP Converged System announcement.  On the full blog post, I tell more of a personal story about Tom and my thoughts about him at HP as well as a few videos - so go to the full blog post to see that.

 

Converged Systems

Tom Joyce was named the SVP and General Manager of the HP Converged System organization a few months ago.  I did a short video with Tom at HP Discover where he gave an overview of the announcements he made in Barcelona. 

 

There's a lot more on the full blog post, so check it out!

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