HP Converged Storage
Optimize for virtualization with HP Converged Storage.
As you implement virtualization throughout your IT infrastructure, it’s vital that your storage is able to deliver the simplicity, efficiency, and agility necessary to facilitate maximum benefit and to gain the best return on your investment.
With storage that is optimized for virtualization, you can:
- Double virtual server consolidation—cut the number of servers needed by up to 50%*
- Use thin technologies and HP-only integration with VMware®—improve capacity utilization and reduce storage requirements by up to 50%*
- Avoid losing VMs or data due to SAN failure*—extend VMware® high-availability capabilities and provide transparent failover for your virtualization environment
- Maintain 1,600 desktops in 60% less space*—a client virtualization solution that fits in your budget and data center
- Fast track virtualization—HP’s factory-integrated solution combines best-in-class storage with HP BladeSystem and VMware’s leading virtualization solutions
So whether your focus is on server virtualization, client virtualization, or getting ready for cloud computing, HP Converged Storage gets you ready for what’s next—storage without boundaries.
HP Converged Systems
Move forward at your own pace and preference
- Align with your business
- Overcome IT sprawl
- Speed time to business results
At CPI, we understand that customers are at different stages of convergence and IT maturity. Some organizations are still quite siloed and are just beginning to standardize and consolidate their IT infrastructure. Others have virtualized most of their server environment and are now in the process of virtualizing their storage and network resources. And a few have started to automate the provisioning of infrastructure using a service catalog and application life cycle management software tools.
We view the path towards convergence and ultimately a hybrid converged cloud environment as a journey. It doesn’t happen overnight. Each of the steps — standardization, consolidation, virtualization, automation, self service infrastructure and applications — helps optimize your current IT infrastructure while laying the groundwork for cloud-based approaches. This is why HP Converged Infrastructure solutions allow you to take a step-by-step approach with technologies designed for convergence, or take a fast-track approach with HP Converged Systems or through the innovative HP Virtual Application Networks.
HP Converged Systems provide the simplest way to transform
HP Converged Systems are turnkey systems that are pre-integrated, tested, and supported to reduce months or even years of planning, procurement and deployment processes into weeks. These solutions are optimized and ready to run from day one for your top initiatives in cloud, virtualization, business insight, and collaboration so you can accelerate your time to application value.
- HP CloudSystem — the industry’s most complete, integrated and open platform for building and managing cloud services.
- Virtualization Solutions — including the HP VirtualSystem, provide modular systems that maximize virtual server and client performance.
- HP AppSystems — provide best of breed capabilities from data management, reporting, and analytics to connecting your teams to information, customers, partners and each other.
- HP Performance Optimized Datacenters (PODs) — provide flexible, dense and energy-efficient data centers that can be deployed in weeks rather than months or years.
Cisco UCS provides automation and simplified operations at the server, network, and cloud-services layers. Running Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft System Center 2012, and Microsoft applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint with Cisco UCS servers in physical or virtual infrastructures or in public or private cloud environments provides many benefits:
Allows customers to provide ITaaS, respond to business dynamics, and achieve scalability through a high-performance, highly available, and easily automated platform
- Accelerates deployment and time-to-value with Cisco validated and supported Microsoft reference architectures
- Supports growth with the capability to scale discrete servers and thousands of virtual machines
- Goes beyond virtualization to scale and secure workloads, cost-effectively build a cloud, and more securely connect to cloud services
Provides simpler management of physical and virtual systems, reducing operating costs; the integration of Cisco UCS Manager with Microsoft System Center 2012 reduces the costs of rolling out new services, supporting service-level agreements (SLAs), supplying self-service provisioning, and managing clouds across multiple data centers, infrastructures, and service providers
- Increases IT productivity and business agility with just-in-time and self-service provisioning and mobility support for virtualized and physical environments
- Uses the best environment and manages it easily, whether virtual, physical, private, or public cloud, across multiple data centers and service providers
- Eases support requirements by using open industry standards supported by a vast partner ecosystem and Cisco Services
- Cisco UCS Manager supports a “create once, deploy many” “service profile” model in which server and networking experts create policies and templates and then apply them to create service profiles instantiated onto servers. Managing hundreds of servers is no more time consuming than managing one, making server scaling much more efficient.
- Cisco UCS Manager integrates both blade and rack servers with administrative parity for architectural flexibility—service profiles move from rack to rack or blade to blade or blade to blade in different chassis
Uses less power, cooling, and cabling while protecting investments in current infrastructure, management platforms, and applications, resulting in lower operating costs; builds a high-performing infrastructure, reduces consumption, and improves planning precision
- Reduces data center capital and operating costs while increasing IT agility by using a single, unified platform that eases IT management and requires less hardware and power than competitors’ offerings
- Allows IT to go beyond day-to-day operations to focus on innovation that supports business growth by streamlining management and operations
- Reduces TCO
- Supports memory-intensive applications with up to 1 terabyte (TB) of RAM in a 2RU server (Cisco UCS C260 M2) or up to 2 TB of RAM in a 4RU server (Cisco UCS C460 M2)
- Increases performance on disk-intensive applications with up to 24 spindles in a 2RU form factor (Cisco UCS C24 or C240 M3) or up to 8 spindles in a 1RU form factor (Cisco UCS C220 or C22 M3)
- Optimize performance per watt on Cisco UCS servers M3 utilizing Intel 710 Series SSDs which provide very low idle power consumption and best in class IOPs for best Microsoft SQL and Exchange performance
- Cisco unified fabric supports all I/O in the system; it integrates IP, storage, and management networks into a single I/O infrastructure. Unified fabric eliminates layers of switching (horizontally) and multiple PCIe cards (HBAs and NICs), reducing capital and operational cost.
Accelerate Business Innovation
Connect people, innovation and devices – securely, reliably and seamlessly.
Today mobility, collaboration, and cloud computing present opportunities as well as challenges for IT organizations. You need a network that can deliver new service models while fostering business innovation and mitigating costs. By connecting people, information, and devices securely, reliably, and seamlessly, Cisco Borderless Networks can help you:
- Provide BYOD (bring your own device) support to your workforce: Improve productivity and collaboration while protecting assets.
- Capture growth opportunities using collaborative applications: Attract and retain customers and workforce talent with video.
- Use cloud economics for flexible services: Reduce costs and improve business processes.
Determine the potential return of your technology investment with a borderless network.
Fabric-Based Infrastructure for Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Open: Cisco provides choice by providing multiple options for consuming IT technology, including choice of technology and integration of third-party providers and standards. Technology choice and open standards are critical, and Cisco delivers and guides standards across the industry. Additionally, no vendor can provide an entire data center, and inclusion of ecosystem partners in the fabric is crucial.
Resilient: Because the fabric is the element that connects resources together, its resilience cannot be understated. The Cisco Unified Data Center provides a highly available architecture within and between data centers to help ensure and enable business resilience, disaster recovery, and data mobility. By using design best practices and Cisco NX-OS Software across the switching and UCS fabric interconnect platforms, the Cisco Unified Data Center helps ensure the uptime needed for business resilience.
Secure: The Cisco Unified Data Center delivers security and manageability by providing visibility and transparency at the physical and virtual machine levels, which helps ensure that security policies can be mapped to the virtual machine and follow that virtual machine wherever it moves within or between data centers.
Scalable: The ubiquity of universal access to resources and the dramatic increase in data and processing, is requiring IT to consider not just the data center, but the way in which server and storage interconnects can span geographies. The Cisco Unified Data Center provides robust scaling capabilities within and between data centers and out to the user.
ExpressPod: A Slick, Streamlined Pod that Saves You Time, Energy, and… Major Money
Every year, small and medium sized businesses lose thousands of dollars on under-utilized systems. But that’s not the only problem. Single-application servers, or application silos, are also insanely inefficient in terms of management and resources, and frankly, can be a colossal waste of your time.
ExpressPod™ with VMware®, a pre-tested solution using Cisco Unified Computing System™ servers and switches, NetApp® FAS2200 storage, and VMware virtualization software, helps you accelerate your transformation from a complex, silo-based infrastructure to a virtualized environment—quickly, affordably, and efficiently.
We’re talking about a savings in terms of your budget, your time, and energy (yours and the sort that results in bloated energy bills).
ExpressPod with VMware can help you:
Save time by reducing the burden of routine, manual maintenance
Conserve energy by consolidating servers that are likely running at only 10-20% capacity
Cut your server and storage costs through consolidation and Virtualization
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