By Nick van der Zweep
Director of Product Management, HP Insight Software
I hope you’ve heard some of the recent noise we’ve made around key enhancements to our Converged Infrastructure story. If not, I urge you to check out the news. We’re accelerating the creation of the industry’s first ‘Infrastructure Operating Environment’ with several cool enhancements to our HP Insight Software portfolio. Swifter, higher, stronger…!
As you might guess, Insight Software portfolio plays a critical role and I’m pleased to share several great enhancements for both Insight Control and Insight Dynamics. We’re now delivering even more value with our 2 core offerings: Insight Control for essential server management and Insight Dynamics for advanced infrastructure management. Insight Control now includes unlimited server migrations to streamline consolidation. Likewise, Insight Dynamics now includes infrastructure orchestration and recovery management. Finally, both Insight Control and Insight Dynamics now include the System Center and vCenter integration resulting from our joint development with Microsoft and VMware ensuring our customers receive the ProLiant and BladeSystem experience they’ve come to expect regardless of their management platform.
Provisioning is another area we’ve concentrated on this round. Just one cool thing to mention is the ability to provision more than just infrastructure. We now have the ability to provision applications on top of the infrastructure as well. We do this by integrating with HP Server Automation.
We also want you to be able to optimize your Converged Infrastructure confidently. Hence, some key enhancements to our capacity planning arena, the main thrust of which is making the whole process faster and even more aligned to business. We’ve added a host of useful reports that allow you to spot the most likely consolidation candidates, give you a big picture view of how much resources all the workloads are consuming, and even figure our how much each is using to more easily slip into a charge-back process.
Last-but-not-least is trying to help customers save on disaster recovery costs by now allowing disaster recovery to either a physical or a virtual machine. You can imagine how this could be appealing in-so-far as you can pack way more applications into virtual machines which could be perfectly OK in a DR scenario.
All of this means that we’re make it easier to manage your Converged Infrastructure: to make disaster recovery more affordable, expand and simplify the provisioning capabilities, and make consolidation more precise and faster. So maybe I’m stretching the analogy but it makes me think of that great, concise Olympics motto: Swifter, higher, Stronger!