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New VirtualSystem solutions help you leave your hobby where it belongs

By Brent Allen - HP Converged Application Systems


On, September 24th, 2012, HP Converged Application Systems (CAS) launched the new VirtualSystem 2.0 solutions. What’s so important about this announcement? Most importantly the new data center virtualization solutions drive greater compute and storage density, flexibility, and return on investment. But before we talk about that, I’d like to tell you something that you may not know about me.


I like cars. I’ve always liked cars. And while my wife won’t quite let me be the car enthusiast that I’d like to be – and I do my fair share of hauling the kiddos around in our oh so cliché suburbanite SUV – like many in the married and mortgaged clan, it wasn’t always this way.


Prior to reaching my 16th birthday, I managed to talk Dad into buying me a 1964 ½ white mustang coupe with black vinyl interior. It was the 289-4V 210 horsepower V-8 model – and represented unbridled freedom and muscle in my mind. Oh don’t get me wrong – this was no pristine beauty.  This was the epitome of the classic project car. In fact, we had to tow it out of a broken down barn that was literally caving in around it and pull it onto a flat bed truck, bent rims and all, for delivery to our house.  There was rust damage, frayed wiring, suspension problems and a punctured gas tank (found that out the messy way)—just about everything needed to be reworked or replaced whether mechanical or cosmetic. But I poured my heart into fixing it up and only I truly understood the architecture and all of the idiosyncrasies of that car.


As much as I loved that ‘Stang and thought it was cool (largely because I put it together), my girlfriend did not. She didn’t much care for going on dates in 100+ degree Texas heat, riding in a car that only had a bolt-on aftermarket air conditioner (which more often than not blew hot air at deafening decibels), while sweating sticking to the black vinyl seats. While she laughed when the seat back nearly fell off landing her in the backseat, she was anything but happy with how long it took me to fix it. But she was probably most annoyed by having to (on occasion – and always at the worst time) pick me up in her car because my car needed a “tune up” – and would be out of commission while I looked for a part (one day the starter solenoid, the next the instrument voltage regulator, etc...).


I eventually gave the Mustang up and bought something more reliable that could actually get me to work and school and back on a daily basis. These days, I bet you are like me; we buy our vehicles pre-assembled, in good working order, and pretested to ensure a certain level of performance and reliability.  If we have a problem, we expect to deal with one company, rather than a host of aftermarket part vendors.


When I think about DIY data centers, I often think about that Mustang. Sure, you can pour yourself into developing your own architecture and fighting through all of the issues and needed tweaks and tunes… and that might be ok for a test environment - similar to a weekend hobby car. But does that really make sense for a 24/7 production data center? Can you afford to delay your projects another 6-12 months so that you can build it yourself? Can you afford to deal with the performance and resilience issues that will come with bolting on no standard parts – having the “A/C blow hot” or the “seatback fall off”? Can you really afford downtime while you hunt for the issue crashing your system or governing on your performance – all the while playing phone tag with a host of vendors? If you’re like most of us, this is not the ideal scenario.


That’s why a little over a year ago, we introduced HP VirtualSystem. These data center building blocks optimized for virtualization have been specifically engineered to remove all of that previously described pain and difficulty reducing the cycle time down to just around a month. Now, we’ve refined VirtualSystem even further with the latest introduction of version 2.0 – adding more horsepower through the use of new ProLiant Gen8 servers, an improved “transport” system with the HPN 5900 series top of rack switching, and options that include the 3PAR V800 that stretches into the hundreds of terabytes. From the economy class through the luxury/sport line, we’ve got you covered in a virtualization infrastructure block that is right for you. What’s more, we’ve optimized the latest turnkey blocks for even easier upgrade into CloudSystem with the addition of the new CloudSystem Software package. It is like having your sports car come with an option to be converted to a G5 (Gulfstream G550) – and all without breaking the bank.   


Leave the hobby where it belongs – the car in the garage, not the infrastructure in the data center. Check out the new HP VirtualSystem solutions at


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