What an amazing year. We officially launched the HP Converged Infrastructure (CI) strategy in November of 2009 ... so we decided to capture a few of the highlights in this blog [just in case you missed anything].
The nucleus of CI actually started several years back when our brilliant Lab teams and Engineering magicians took the current technology DNA and anticipated how technology must evolve at a practical, integrated, affordable, and adaptable pace. This enabled us to deliver a portfolio of great products throughout the years to meet the immediate needs of our Clients. And do so with products designed based on the principles of ‘convergence’.
This foresight became very significant as IT sprawl became a critical business inhibitor as the speed of business began to accelerate. HP was able to deliver unprecedented value to our Clients, immediately. And do so in the most optimal way across mixed environments and across multiple delivery models.
It’s really all about flipping the 70% operations / 30% innovation ratio to help IT organizations shift those operations resources to business innovation and for other strategic initiatives. You’ve heard us say it before; it’s about “Delivering the Data Center of the Future, today”.
There is never a better feeling for a marketing or sales person then to be able to share something that is REAL – Real Features, Real Functions, Real Architectures, Real Value, and Real Customers sharing their successes.
What makes CI REAL? ...
#1 – It starts with our Clients.
They need agility to compete, address acquisitions, streamline suppliers, generate new revenue streams, and on and on. To achieve this, they needed a whole new level of simplicity, integration, and automation whereby more resources can be applied to innovation to deliver faster time to revenue; lower costs of acquisition; improved employee productivity; greater flexibility to respond to business changes; and, lower risks across the board. And all this must happen for any workload, anywhere, and at anytime.
#2 – It requires a deep understanding of data center requirements.
- Virtualized – enables organizations to reallocate
resources to match the changing performance,
throughput, and capacity needs of individual
- Resilient – automates high-availability policies
to meet service level agreements and ensure
accessibility to business applications by
integrating fault tolerant, mission-critical
- Open – protects technology investments by
providing a consolidation and convergence
process while leveraging an existing
infrastructure based on open standards.
- Orchestrated – can scale an application-
aligned infrastructure based on service level agreements for each application
through automated workflows, provisioning, and change management.
- Modular – integrates new technologies with existing investments providing
infrastructure extensibility for the future.
#3 – It requires an architectural blueprint and architecture solution blocks.
This creates the “how” and is the path for our clients to eliminate these rigid silos by integrating technologies into shared pools of interoperable resources – all managed through a common management platform and all based on standards and customer choice.
Virtual Resource Pools create a common modular infrastructure. The Data Center Smart Grid extends and expands the life of data centers while using less power and cooling. The FlexFabric Network creates a wire-once data center to run multiple protocols, and make changes without having to bring down servers – a whole different way of flattening the network. And the Matrix Operating Environment creates a common way to manage a physical and virtual infrastructure that extends from infrastructure-to-application to decrease time-to-delivery of technology
services from months to hours ... to even minutes.
#4 – It means never stop innovating.
Our engineers, R&D, and product roadmaps stay aligned to accelerate solutions that matter most. And just to highlight our commitment to this alignment, we made possibly our most significant additions – this year – to deliver on the ‘convergence’ promise, right now. Here are just a few worth mentioning:
- We introduced the next-generation Integrity systems with Blade Scale architecture to deliver the first
mission-critical Converged Infrastructure.
- We also launched the most comprehensive Networking portfolio to transform the networking industry
and allow clients to eliminate redundant equipment by integrating wired and wireless environments with
security from edge to core.
- We added advanced Converged Infrastructure innovations in blade architectures, storage and power
management to eliminate millions in data center acquisition and operational costs.
- We delivered breakthroughs in application service delivery with services delivered more efficiently
and securely – enabling clients to streamline their delivery of mission- critical application services
and establish a foundation designed specifically for
optimal application service delivery.
- We also launched the HP ExpertONE Professional Certification Program that spans the entire
enterprise landscape – from networking, storage, servers and software to printing and personal
computing – to bring together the skills necessary to accelerate delivery of the Converged Infrastructure.
I could go on, but it’s safe to say I am constantly inspired by how HP and its partners continually strive to truly meet the changing IT challenges of our Clients – with significant value delivered ‘right now’ while also positioning them for what’s just around the corner.
What are the biggest takeaways of the year for me?
- It takes the complete HP portfolio to deliver on the promise and value of convergence.
- It takes the expertise, experience, and partners to make that value real.
- And never rest on your laurels – Our customers always come first.
HP is really the only company to offer a full portfolio of standards-based, integrated solutions and services developed specifically to solve the complexities of the data center [today] while giving our Clients the peace-of-mind to be ready for what’s next.
As I mentioned, a Converged Infrastructure can be delivered the way our Clients want it ... and at their own pace. We can help them build it on their site, we can manage some or all of it for them, we can deliver it as a Private Cloud, or like most, they can deploy a hybrid of all three.
Highlights of how we help our Clients get started...
- HP Converged Infrastructure Maturity Model (CI-MM) is a powerful assessment process and
tool for large and small enterprises (CIMM Express) based on proven customer results.
- HP Converged Infrastructure Reference Architecture Design Guide with details about the
CI Core Architecture and four solution blocks built on this architecture (SAP, Microsoft Exchange,
Virtualization, and Cloud).
- Converged Infrastructure Services include the HP Converged Infrastructure Visioning Workshop,
Planning Service, Design and Implementation Service, and Proof of Concept.
- Cloud services and workshops help you understand where and how cloud computing can
most effectively be applied to your organization’s portfolio of services.
- Data Center Transformation Experience workshop is designed to help CIOs and technology
decision makers understand each critical stage of a data center transformation.
- Our Solution Demo Portal lets you see Converged Infrastructure solutions in action – through
the ease of on-demand demos or available for live viewing upon request.
- HP BladeSystem Matrix Startup Services delivers diverse services to assess, manage and
mitigate your change-related risk exposure – including HP-developed total cost of ownership (TCO)
There you have it. It’s been an exciting year – I can’t wait for 2011. Please take the journey with us. You can follow us on Twitter, periodically check out what’s new, or learn more about how the Converged Infrastructure can help you and your company today.