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Storing the information explosion: HP to acquire 3PAR

518i5D0575411CCEE8AFBoth businesses and individuals are creating increasing volumes of data every day, and these data need to be stored somewhere before they can be turned into information that helps make better decisions.


Whether it’s by commercializing research from HP Labs (like StoreOnce) or through strategic acquisitions (like 3COM), HP’s role is to provide customers with technology that delivers better information faster and more efficiently.


Today, HP announced the acquisition of 3PAR, a self-described “utility storage” company whose technology offers just that kind of advantage.


(For a closer look at 3PAR’s technology, read “There’s something about 3PAR”, posted 8/23/10 to their official blog.)


Over the past 11 years, 3PAR has built some very unique solutions.  Added to HP’s unparalleled storage, server, and networking portfolio, 3PAR will accelerate the converged infrastructure strategy that is helping customers make sense of the information explosion.


***Read today’s press release for more information and disclosure related to forward-looking statements and solicitation.


We’ll continue to update this post with any new information that comes available.


What does “converged infrastructure” mean?

One of HP’s leading technologists, Charlie Bess of Enterprise Services, asked this very question in an interview he did with VP of Converged Infrastructure Doug Oathout earlier this week.  Here’s a few excerpts from their conversation:


[Editor’s note: the remarks below have been slightly edited for form]


Is Converged Infrastructure really the next big thing and if so, why?

Yes, it is the next big thing. The reason why is because IT (over the last 20 years) has been put together as a set of projects or silos and once deployed remained relatively static. That’s caused most organizations to be overprovisioned (wasting computing power).


The reason CI is the next big thing is because the applications can share the infrastructure more effectively. The applications can live and breathe. Smaller increments can be added or removed as needed.


What’s converging?

The converged part is bringing the server, storage and networking hardware together so that it can be broken up into smaller increments. Converged infrastructure also includes management software so that the applications can be moved around as needed to meet the service levels of the business.


Applications are now matched to the infrastructure and that is also matched to the needs of the business.


This is starting to sound like an infrastructure as a service…Is that right?

Yes, it definitely is.


How do you see CI generating new value within the client’s business?

When you can get to a converged infrastructure, you can more quickly bring web servers and business processes up in a short time. Its direct effect on time to market generates value.  If you want to start up a new business model, like moving to more web sales, the change can be made quickly. It also allows you to grow and scale as needed.


Does HP have a mechanism to allow clients to have more infrastructure capabilities on-the-fly?

DreamWorks is [a] good example. They connect to HP for about 20% of their [animation] rendering needs…Once you get the core infrastructure converged, you have additional flexibility so if you want to change the response time or power consumption for certain transactions you can dial it back or scale up as needed.

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