Better, Faster, Cheaper – choose three
It’s the normal course of life that when the above choices come your way, you get to only choose two.
But every once in a great while, things go your way and you get to choose all three. Here is one of those cherished moments.
HP’s Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager, or VCEM for short, is a product that works with HP Virtual Connect. Basically, it handles set-up and mobility for a large number of server LAN and SAN connections across the data center vs. working with each managed switch console. It also manages all your MAC and WWN addresses so you can eliminate the tons of spreadsheets filled with those addresses that are typically needed for a large number of managed switches. This eliminates an opportunity for BIG mistakes.
Now we have just come out with VCEM V1.30. And of course we made it better and faster. First we added support for our fastest Virtual Connect Fibre Channel interconnect, the new Virtual Connect 8 Gb 24-Port Fibre Channel module. Then we extended the number of supported Virtual Connect domains to 200. When combined with VC multi-enclosure stacking, Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager can simplify the set-up and ongoing management of server I/O for up to 800 BladeSystem enclosures. Or put another way, up to 12,800 servers! Giving system administrators the ability to manage the connectivity of up to 12,800 servers will go a long way to making life simpler and less expensive for many of you.
So speaking of cheaper, in addition to the above improvements, we have just lowered the price of VCEM! Licensed on a per enclosure basis, VCEM V1.30 is now only $4,999 for a c7000 enclosure. And for our c3000 “Shorty” enclosure, its only $2,499. This represents a price reduction of almost 30%.
So there you have it. Better, Faster and Cheaper. It’s a better day already.