HP Debuts Hardware, Software To Support VMware Environments


At this year's VMworld, HP announced a series of new offerings designed to help organizations simplify the implementation and management of VMware-based virtual environments.

HP's new VMware-centric products and services include management software, virtualization services, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and server and storage infrastructures. The new offerings include HP Data Protector software, designed to simplify and enhance data protection and recovery processes; HP Insight Dynamics-VSE, providing planning and provisioning of both physical and virtual resources; HP Virtual Infrastructure Exchange (VIE) Services, designed to help customers more easily migrate to Microsoft Exchange 2007 hosted on VMware infrastructure; and HP VDI services, designed to provide thin client support to customers interested in moving to a virtual, VMware-based computing environment.

"Customers look to HP to implement virtualization projects and strategies that lower operational costs and reduce pressure on data center real estate," said Mark Linesch, vice president, Infrastructure Software, HP, in a prepared statement. "As a leading VMware partner, HP is advancing the state of virtualization to help our joint customers drive continued growth, manage operations and reduce enterprise-wide risk."

HP has also announced a disaster recovery solution--built on VMware Site Recovery Manager, HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Arrays (EVA), and HP Continuous Access Replication EVA Software--as well as a new blade server, with the first-of-its-kind, six-core Intel processor, designed specifically for virtualized environments.

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