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Worried about your Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Support Migration?

If you’re in IT you’re probably aware that extended support for Windows Server 2003 will be discontinued on July 14, 2015. This news has caused a lot of organizations a great deal of angst about server migration.


You may have seen one but you definitely haven’t seen them all

You might think that the Stein poem should be changed to read, “A conference is a conference is a conference.” because they can all look and feel the same after a while, but some are spectacular. And the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference - and HP’s participation in it – is exactly what we expect it to be. 

Business Intelligence got affordable for enterprises

Information is key to making the right business decisions at the right time. To make complex decisions and respond quickly to business events, management need access to information that is current, trustworthy and relevant. Organizations need to predict, instead of reacting to critical business events that affect business outcomes. Business Intelligence (BI) or decision support systems (DSS) help in integrating and analyzing different kinds of information coming from different sources and providing the single version of the truth.

As x86 processors are getting more powerful, 64 bit architecture is becoming more mature, memory DIMMs are getting bigger & cost effective, more and more scalable x86 software applications are becoming available, scale-up x86 servers are becoming ideal choice for large business intelligence and decision support system deployment at a cost that no one imagined a few years ago.

For example, HP ProLiant DL785 G6, with up to 8 six-core AMD Opteron processors, 512 GB memory and 11 PCI-e I/O slots,  running Windows server 2008 and SQL server 2008 offers a very powerful platform for BI deployments at a very attractive total cost of ownership. HP ProLiant DL785 G6 server demonstrates the BI leadership by publishing the best x86 non-clustered server performance result on TPC-H @ 1000 GB decision support benchmark earlier this week. This benchmark result on DL785 G6, which ran Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Server R2 Enterprise Edition operating system and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition database, also showed the best price/performance for the scale-up x86 server category with 8 processors.

Microsoft and HP also helps you capitalize on information to optimize business outcomes by defining SMP data warehouse reference architectures for the Microsoft® SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse that help simplify and accelerate deployment of your data warehouse running on HP ProLiant servers, HP StorageWorks storage and HP ProCurve networking products. The architectures define a repeatable architectural approach using hardware and software combinations for three workloads that are based on Microsoft testing carried out in Microsoft Data Warehouse labs.

The largest Microsoft® SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse with HP ProLiant DL785 G6 server was demonstrated at SQL Pass 2009 event in Seattle, November 2-5, 2009.

For more information on these reference architectures, hardware, software and services, you can go to HP Business Intelligence solutions web page.


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HP Delivers Industry-first Management Capabilities for Microsoft System Center

By Lorre Bumgardner, Product Manager - HP Platforms/Partner management

Monday, April 27th marked a significant milestone in our 20+ year relationship with Microsoft. We are very excited about the news -- we launched the Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center (ICE-SC) at Microsoft Management Summit. The first product of its kind, ICE-SC delivers a complete hardware infrastructure management solution directly in the System Center consoles.


What do I mean by "complete?" For example, "complete" to HP means things like total remote control (iLO), deep insight into ProLiant platforms, proactive virtual machine management (PRO pack), automated deployment (OSD), and power and performance management of the HP server infrastructure. Priced at $549 per managed server and backed by 24x7 support with free software updates, ICE-SC radically simplifies the management experience for HP customers who have standardized on Microsoft System Center.  There's even an upgrade for current iLO Advanced customers priced at just $289.


Why now, and why charge for this functionality, you may ask? HP knows that most other server vendors are providing some of this functionality, such as OSD and PRO packs, for free. But HP's approach is to offer a complete, robust solution rather than just basic functionality that won't do everything our customers need. In addition to staying very close to our customer base, we've done a lot of research to determine what HP can do to make life simpler for the people who use our products.  ICE-SC is the result of significant feedback from customers, extensive research and more than a year of working with the folks at Microsoft on development. 


The "easy" approach would be to deliver minimal integration value, throw our management packs up on our web site and leave our customers to their own devices when it comes to support.  But that's not the HP approach.  While we'll continue to deliver basic management packs free of charge for SCOM and SCCM updates, we're confident that our customers who need more advanced functionality like automated deployment and virtual machine management expect more, because we've done our homework. You can learn more about this exciting new product at:, or come visit us if you happen to be attending MMS!

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