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A CIO's 2009 HP Holiday Wish List: from IT Power Tools to the Matrix

Dear Boss,

It's been a tough year and as you know the current economic situation has challenged us IT folks to simply do more with less. Yet we know it's important to maintain investments in key new technologies that can enable innovation to help us keep our competitive edge.  As we undwerake IT planning for 2010, we need to continue to invest in the critical building blocks of a technology infrastructure that can allow our company to a) lower network costs, b) improve facility efficiency and c) enable us to easily scale-out or up our environment to support business growth. 

I'm taking the guesswork out of shopping for me this holiday season and have enclosed my 2009 HP holiday wish list:

  1. Power tools – HP ProLiant BL2x220c G6 & HP ProLiant DL785 G6: The HP ProLiant BL2x220c G6 server is an extremely power efficient double dense blade server that delivers the power of 2 blade servers in the space of 1, optimising the use of data centre rack space.  And the 8-socket HP ProLiant DL785 server delivers exceptional processing power, flexibility and scalability to help optimise performance for their database, consolidation and virtualisation environments.

  2. The ultimate IT toolbox – The HP POD is an insta-data centre, with the 40' version delivering the equivalent of over 4,000 square feet of traditional data centre space-in-a-box. And it provides support for not only HP gear, but any vendor’s gear that fits in a 19" rack making it a perfect fit for our mixed IT environment. HP PODs can cut up-front capitol expenses by up to 15% and ongoing operational expenses by up to 30% compared to a typical traditional data center build-out.

  3. A high-tech Filofax – The HP StorageWorks X9000 is a scalable file virtualization solution that delivers simplified management of extreme data sets, lowering costs and enabling more rapid response to business needs. The X9000 would ensure IT can keep pace with the exponential data growth we’re seeing in the enterprise.

  4. The Matrix, Re-defined – The “special effects” behind the HP BladeSystem Matrix is its convergence of server, storage and networking resources that automate service delivery for the data centre.
    A wire-once network fabric – HP ProCurve 2520 Switch Series helps converge the data centre environment and enables all resource to be shareable and expandable to meet new and changing application demands.

Thanks for all your support this year & Happy Holidays!

Your CIO

Celebrating 20 years of HP's x86 innovation at Gartner Data Center Conference 09

By Erin Collopy, PR Manager, Industry Standard Servers, HP

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of our x86 server business, the HP ProLiant team kicked off a year-long anniversary celebration at Gartner's Data Center Conference in Las Vegas last week.

Our HP team showcased lots of great HP innovations at this year’s Gartner Data Center Conference. Our latest generation of high-performing, energy efficienct ProLiant G6 servers including our sexy new slimmed-down scalable server line, the “skinless” ProLiant SL servers introduced back in June received plenty of oohs and ahhs from conference attendees. Our full-sized 40' HP POD data center container made a return appearance again at this year's show offering attendees an up-close look at an alternative way of deploying IT resources, particularly if time, budget, power limitations, space or portability are a factor.

HP was well-represented during Gartner-led sessions at the conference and received great audience accolades during the "Future of Servers" session. When Gartner analyst Andy Butler asked attendees who their “most strategic blade vendor” was, the crowd overwhelmingly voted HP with 43% of votes (more than the next 3 vendors combined).

Conference attendees, as well as a number of HP folks at the show feasted on a delicious cake to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.

Back Row (Left to Right): HPers Kevin Egan, Brandon Fears, Larry Bonnette, Jim Shay, Glen Wuenstel, Paul Birney and Bob Maus
Front Row: Jim Ganthier and Deb Umphry

Over the past 20 years, HP has created the industry's broadest x86 server portfolio providing customers of all sizes more choice while delivering more value for every server dollar spent.

How long have you been using HP ProLiant servers?

I received a new HPC Multi-core server today – Live from SC08

This week, I am attending the annual SC08 conference.  For 2 decades, the tradition in HPC is to announce and demonstrate new products at the SC conference, and there is a lot to absorb. 

For me, the event started with a 2-day HP user conference, attracting some of HP’s largest HPC customers.  It was a very full 2 days, with lectures on many subjects from customers, Intel, AMD, software development companies, and of course HP.  Even though I work here, I learned a lot about projects in other parts of the company.

At the SC08 show, I saw my 1st HP POD – portable optimized datacenter – a 40-foot-long shipping container on the outside, and a self-contained computer facility on the inside.  This excellently-designed mobile facility can contain 3500 servers or 12,000 disk drives, in standard 19” racks.  Just provide a flat location, power, chilled water, and a network cable, and you have a new computer room.

To make the week more interesting, AMD announced the new Opteron Shanghai processor – higher clock speed, bigger cache, faster Northbridge, and improved performanceSmiley Tongueower ratio.

One of the good things about big companies is that they spawn startups.  This year, a startup company announced a new HPC architecture at SC08.  Nearly all the employees are my friends and previous HP co-workers.   Check out



Views of the HP POD

The HP POD had a very busy week indeed... and we had some great photos taken while it was in the Silicon Valley. Here are a few of those pics - thank you for participating! For more information on the HP POD, go to:

 Look for the HP POD this Fall at an industry event near you!


Knight photo

The HP POD finds Yahoo... Photo by Ryan Knight


The HP POD introduces itself to Google -- photo by Holly Benson


Edwards photo

Photo by Cheryl Edwards


 Will Hayes says, "Wait, come back! You forgot to drop off my TV!


Photo by Carlos Mangandy

Congratulations to the winner of our "Spot the POD" Drawing!

Congratulations to Kenn Durrence, who was drawn as the winner of our "Spot the POD" Drawing. Kenn captured the HP POD in San Jose.


The HP POD in San Jose

Congratulations, Kenn! Please email with your contact information!

 Thank you all for participating in this promotion - watch for the HP POD coming your way again this Fall.

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