Right now I am in China talking with APJ customers as a follow-on to our recent announcement - delivering the first Mission-critical Converged Infrastructure. It's been interesting. I've been asked by several IT managers if this is real. So let me just state this for the record ... HP Converged Infrastructure it is real and can be delivered today! Assuming others have this same question, let me expound a bit. What this announcement does is "bullet proof" your infrastructure by bringing our proven Mission Critical Intellectual Property to the Converged Infrastructure. This 'integration by design' brings the best of both worlds - all based on openness so you get choice and the benefit of industry standards for designing your Data Center of the future. It's not about the chip per se, rather about bringing in Mission Critical across the full technology stack. Let me give you a few examples:
- Mission Critical Flex-Fabric and Always-on Resiliency (video) - The Crossbar Fabric in Superdome 2 eliminates any single point of failure in the data path of systems to give 450% boost in server reliability.
- The Blade Link using Intel's Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) high performance link technology enables you to scale up your Integrity blades from 2 to 4 sockets or 4 to 8 sockets.
- Superdome 2 Analysis Engine provides predictive error detection and recommendations and fixes errors where appropriate.
- HP Serviceguard provides high availability clustering and metro clustering delivering redundancy and rapid recovery for SAP and Oracle environments.
- Enhanced Mission Critical services are available for consolidation, business continuity, modernization and shared services Private Cloud projects. This includes the services to design, deploy and maintain your toughest mission critical environments for maximum resiliency.
I was actually surprised how some of the modular IP innovation was of interest - having common components from power supplies, fans, Virtual Connect and enclosures to new features of HP UX 11i v3. They seemed genuinely impressed with this Mission Critical version of the HP Converged Infrastructure. "Speed & Agility" was important to them, especially for their business critical applications, but one person said it best: "Run fast with confidence". Maybe we should adopt that as our tagline.
You can follow the CI conversation on twitter (#HPCI): www.twitter.com/HPConverge
Realizing the value of a Converged Infrastructure - Duncan Campbell’s keynote address at HP Technology at Work 2010
Duncan Campbell provided a get great keynote presentation at Technology at Work 2010 where he showed specific examples and used cases on how converging your infrastructure can deliver tangible benefits.
Wolfgang Wittmer, EMEA VP & GM ESSN, Hewlett Packard, recently had a great opportunity to interview 4 key ISV partners during the Technology at Work 2010 press release, in Frankfurt Germany on April 26th. During this interview he was able to get their views on current customer challenges and their perceptions around a new converged infrastructure environment. Participating on the ISV panel were:
- Oracle - Guenther Stuerner, Vice President Sales Consulting
- QAD - Gordon Fleming, Chief Marketing Officer
- SAP - Edgar Jager, Vice President Third Party Solutions & Software & Technology Partners EMEA
- SAS - David Hughes, Vice President International Sales
Guenther Stuerner (Oracle) response to what does Oracle see as one of their main customer challenges? “IT is still very complicated and complex (hardware and software) and they are under extreme time pressures with more complex systems with fewer resources supporting them. This is resulting in less innovation. Oracle sees Converged Infrastructure as an enabler to bring IT staff back into better alignment, allowing an improved focus on innovation.”
David Hughes (SAS) response to how SAS customers running complex high end analytical infrastructure are being challenged? “It’s all about data explosion – IDC stated that in 2008 the amount of data we are acquiring on this planet exceeded our ability to store it. This has lead to complexities which has increased costs for maintaining data and has left less for innovation. In 2008 business analytics became mission critical for real time analytics. So being able to leverage complexity, as opposed to becoming a victim of it, in a cost constrained environment, seems to be the growing trend with SAS customers.”
Edgar Jager (SAP) response to do SAP customers focus more on return on investment, more that what they were doing 2 to 3 years ago? “Yes even more so, it’s about time and implementation. What we see for larger customers is a lot more consolidation as they strive to become the best in breeds applications. Our customer needs to be able to run their businesses in the best possible way.”
Gordon Fleming (QAD) in response to what does Converged Infrastructure mean to QAD customers? “In the past 18 months the economy has been very challenging – Companies IT resources now have to scale and adapt to new business environments. For Converged Infrastructure, Scalability is a key enabler for allowing customers to adapt as their business recovers and grows. They will need Flexibility around which applications they will host themselves and what they will connect to over the “Cloud”. And Efficiency, not just energy consumption, but also resources needed.”
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