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Start the year on the right foot with “The simplest way to connect servers to networks and storage”

It’s the start of a new year, and just like clockwork, IT budget cycles begin paving the way for the addition of new applications, hardware and a variety of other requests that seamlessly keep the business running.

Most administrators plan hardware upgrades when operational and solution inefficiencies appear as a result of new or changed business objectives, or as advances in performance and technology become affordable. As the need arises and funding becomes available aging hardware and inefficient solutions are replaced in a traditional infrastructure, which may not meet reactive business demands or need to reduce configuration and management efforts.


Considering infrastructure solutions which can free up the hassles of a traditional architecture and enable you to maximize your spend, while enabling flexibility and performance for future growth tends to narrow down the choices significantly.  An agile infrastructure foundation like the HP BladeSystem can get you there. Offering converging compute, fabric and virtualization into one platform the HP BladeSystem streamlines and simplifies every step of IT deployment and change operations while reducing total costs of ownership. 


As another equally important part of the decision process, administrators are faced with ensuring they have flexible connectivity solutions for their infrastructure choices, which scale on demand, are flexible, fabric-ready and are easily managed. Other important considerations for networking solutions deal with which teams administers the network, how much bandwidth is available for on-demand workloads, and what solutions scale while minimizing network disruptions and without rip-and-replace.


The newly updated Virtual Connect for Dummies 3rd Edition guide offers insights to enable seamless, flexible connectivity for converged data centers based on HP BladeSystem. While guides generally help buyers and decision makers evaluate the approaches of different infrastructures, this updated guide takes the next step to illustrate the benefits of a truly virtual I/O infrastructure which flexibly adapts to LAN and SAN fabrics, enables efficient and streamlined performance for workload-centric demands and is manageable by a comprehensive set of single-pane-of-glass management suites, enabling dynamic and real-time views of the compute, storage and network at an administrator’s fingertips.


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The Virtual Connect portfolio of interconnects for the HP BladeSystem is an ecosystem of platforms, from VC FlexFabric and VC Flex-10/10D modules, coupled with  VC FlexFabric and FlexNIC adapters to deliver comprehensive capabilities, bandwidth choices, significant density, all manageable with HP OneView management and enabling administrators to grow their infrastructure over time.


Learn more about Virtual Connect and evaluate how Virtual Connect solutions for HP BladeSystem enable administrators with networking solutions for demanding operations while helping them to reduce costs, save time and manage quickly. For your free download of the newly updated Virtual Connect for Dummies booklet, click here.

Also, access HP Virtual Connect for more information on how HP Virtual Connect portfolio of products can help you reduce complexity and costs at the server edge of your enterprise.


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