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
In recent months, HP has accelerated innovation to address IT sprawl and ballooning data complexity straining today's enterprise businesses. At the HP Technology Forum, HP subject matter experts and strategists will make the case for Converged Infrastructure, the standards-based, integrated solutions and services driving the data center of the future.
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Let me know if you have any questions about HP Tech Forum. I'll be there, let me know if you will be too.
Thanks for reading - Chris Purcell @ChrispAtHP