Converged Infrastructure

The low cost option to data center expansion & accelerating the value of convergence

Since HP’s introduction of HP Converged Infrastructure three years ago, the benefits are now widely understood.  Our strategy is built into every product and solution we ship. So whether you are purchasing an individual HP ProLiant server or a Converged System such as HP CloudSystem, you are getting the latest and best that HP has to offer.


While some enterprise IT businesses opt to open new data centers to accommodate growth, others plan to consolidate as part of larger cost-saving measures. Containerized or modular data centers—data centers housed in standard shipping containers—can lower data center costs and provide the flexibility to set up data centers wherever and whenever needed. They are ideal for offering scalable capacity with multiple power and cooling options to help you keep pace with escalating growth without the high end costs associated with building out existing facilities or moving to accommodate growth.


The HP Performance Optimized Datacenter (POD) 20c/40c provides a fast, flexible and efficient solution for increase existing data center capacity with comprehensive global support services. Two great examples of customers using PODs and the benefits derived would include:

  • The City and County of El Paso, Texas initiative deployed HP Performance Optimized Datacenters (PODs) as a means of achieving cost-effective, redundant data centers at primary and disaster recovery sites. The description and video are included in the following blog post Streamlining​ IT Resources without Resorting to a Bricks & Mortar Approach
  • Another example is how Chico’s moved to a Converged Infrastructure with a POD - building a scalable, ready-to-use datacenter foundation for their virtual private cloud in weeks.




Modular data centers are gaining acceptance because such facilities offer:

  • Speed of deployment—HP Performance Optimized Datacenters (HP PODs) are built-to-order and ship in as little as six weeks of a customer's order.
  • Low cost—Modular data centers use inexpensive building materials and have a lower operating cost due to the energy efficiency of the design. They come equipped with industry-standard data center equipment. Some customers use modular data centers within traditional data centers, thus saving money by sharing space with other data center users.
  • Placement—Modular data centers can be placed wherever the user chooses.
  • Scalability—You can increase capacity of the data center by adding new units as needed. You can start small and add more units as your needs grow. When building traditional brick-and-mortar data centers, you have to predict how much capacity you'll need for the next 20 years. HP PODs are available in either 20 feet or 40 feet in length. Multiple modules can be connected together, giving you extra capacity when you need it.


These benefits make it easier for you to meet the demands of your growing business. In fact, modular data centers are set to become the template for new data centers and could in fact become the standard for future data center construction.   


All the equipment and services that come pre-configured with each custom-made HP POD are fully integrated and can be managed by a single pane-of-glass management platform. This model combines infrastructure, applications and information—bringing together technology, information and people to give you the power to do more. This is just another exciting way that we at HP make technology work for you.


So whether you are evaluating HP Converged Infrastructure solutions to simply refresh your technologies with the best server, storage, network, or software, or looking to fast-track your move forward with HP Converged Systems, don’t forget to consider how the HP POD may be the ideal solution to meet your unique situation.

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