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Close alignment through the technology stack for HP and VMware at #VMworld 2013

At VMworld in Barcelona I spent time with Nigel Page, Chief Technologist for HP Converged Infrastructure in EMEA, who gave some interesting perspectives on the show. 


Here’s the second part where he talks in more depth around where HP & VMware show some great alignment throughout our portfolios.


Converged Infrastructure Investment


“A key reason for being here is to host client conversations, many of whom are looking to invest in new infrastructure and see converged infrastructure as their new target architecture. I enjoyed white boarding a number of customer discussions to show how HP Converged Infrastructure doesn’t mean lack of choice or restrictions in interoperability when adopting a converged infrastructure strategy. We also saw a number of customers who had invested in HP Blades or Storage systems and wanted to expand these out to enable converged infrastructure architecture.


So for example how do I expand my new HP storage investment with HP Blade System and Networking, along with VMware to build out a new architecture which allows them to deliver the new services at the right cost and service level.


Also, because we are able to bring the piece parts together successfully from one company, it helps us deliver the essential control and discipline through the lifecycle of converged infrastructure, and aligned to the fact that we’re genuinely committed to openness and interoperability, it makes for a powerful capability that’s focused on delivering the best technology and outcome to customers.”


A focus on networking


“The other point of interest is the focus on networking. There were a number of topics and discussion on the ability to virtualise the network and remove the network from being the last bottleneck for virtualisation and automation. VMware rightly identify the importance of new traffic flows between VM’s described as East-West traffic, rather than North-South traffic which reflect client server architecture and large distributed networks. They also identified that even recent network design had not considered this. 


HP has been innovating around this theme since the inception of Blade and HP Networking strategy for the datacentre. The introduction of VMware NSX technology on HP Networking and Converged Infrastructure architecture allows customers to create a network design which will support the growth and virtualisation of services, with a very different cost structure.”


Key areas of integration


“When it comes to integration areas with VMware, HP has a lot of common ground; for example we had the first system management integration for VMware. The recent release HP OneView which is our new Converged Infrastructure Management Platform provides scales and integration not seen before in the industry.


The launch of HP OneView is really important because it means that physical and virtual resources can be interoperable within a single data centre, with HP and VMware able to manage and operate that entire estate as one entity at scale. 


The scaling capability is hugely important and is just starting to be identified as a design constraint.


Some of our converged infrastructure competitors only have the capability to manage hundreds of servers or a few racks, whereas with HP OneView the scale is practically limitless."


Final thoughts


“Lastly it was interesting to see the OpenStack session completely full with a good debate on why OpenStack is relevant to VMware customers. This is an important industry direction and reflects back to the enterprise thinking theme I would acknowledge VMware can now demonstrate.”


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