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Better, Faster, Cheaper – choose three

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.


Mike Kendall


 

HP and Microsoft launch new integrated BladeSystem management offering

As HP continues the vision of "Open Systems" for the Adaptive Infrastructure and choice for our partners and customers, we announced an new integrated offering with Microsoft.

In a press release today:

"HP today announced HP Insight Control suite for Microsoft® System Center (HP ICE-SC), the industry’s first integrated management environment to lower infrastructure costs and improve uptime of HP server and Microsoft software environments.

By integrating the server management features of HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem into Microsoft System Center consoles, administrators can gain increased visibility into, and greater control of, their technology environments. This enhanced visibility into the health of IT systems enables a faster response in the event of server failure, reducing the risk of downtime. By automating server deployments and updates, administrative productivity is also greatly improved.
A crucial part of the HP Adaptive Infrastructure strategy is to provide the strongest management experience for HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers. The new HP ICE-SC enables administrators to monitor and respond to software and hardware events through the Microsoft System Center consoles. This includes:




  • Server health warnings and prefailure condition alerts with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007;


  • Proactive virtual machine management using Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008; and


  • Enhanced configuration management via Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007.

HP ICE-SC also provides more than 25 performance and resource optimization tips for Microsoft SCVMM, including recommended actions for host system alerts and events. Greater insight into the relationship between host and virtual machines allows administrators to resolve potential server performance problems to maintain maximum uptime."

Here is the link to the entire press release:
http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2009/090428c.html

What's new for blades in plain language

Today, we launched some new and updated technologies that I thought you might find useful.  Here's the news in language as plain as it gets in IT. 


Our Virtual Connect interconnect porfolio was updated in two ways. 




The other news today was the update of our 4 processor, ProLiant BL685c blade server.  Basically, the new G6 version dobules the supported memory per blade versus the older, G5 version.  That's 32 DIMM sockets and 256Gb of memory per blade.  We made this move to remove a key bottleneck -- memory performance, to btake advantage of the new quad-core AMD processors and to support more VM's or big applications per blade.


If you have more questions, leave them below and our experts will fill you in on all the technical details.  In the future, visit this site to keep up to date with other blade news.

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