HP extends Converged Infrastructure leadership

HP announced new innovations that strengthen its HP Converged Infrastructure portfolio. At its yearly Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas, HP unveiled a new HP BladeSystem, HP Converged Storage and HP Networking solutions, as well as HP Services that accelerate return on IT investment and enable customers to refocus resources from operations to innovation.

Significant shifts in the IT industry, including cloud, big data, social media and mobility, have added new challenges for chief information officers (CIOs) in meeting customer, partner and employee expectations while aligning IT and enterprise goals with limited funding.

The HP Converged Infrastructure portfolio addresses these growing challenges and leads the industry in deploying and managing large-scale infrastructures. HP has delivered more than 8 million virtual connect ports, issued more than 7 million HP Insight Management licenses, shipped more than 40 petabytes of bladed storage and 50 million switch ports, and grown to nearly 900 HP CloudSystem customers. In addition, HP has led the industry in blade server revenue and shipments for 24 consecutive quarters.

HP Converged Infrastructure offers customers proven experience of implementing Converged Infrastructure solutions for customers around the world—as well as close collaboration with 4,500 HP AllianceOne members and partners who develop complete solutions built on HP Converged Infrastructure.

“HP pioneered the concept of a converged infrastructure, and we were the first to deliver it,” said David Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager, Enterprise Group, HP. “But we’re not resting on our achievements, we continue to innovate and extend the HP Converged Infrastructure portfolio to deliver the benefits that our business and government customers expect from us.”

The new HP BladeSystem c7000 Platinum enclosure, a key solution within the industry-leading HP ProLiant portfolio, dramatically improves performance, efficiency and availability of resources in virtualized and cloud environments. As a result, organizations can save up to 68 percent in data center operating costs. These groundbreaking data center economics are delivered through next-generation technologies that provide long-term investment protection and can scale to support growth.

The HP BladeSystem c7000 Platinum enclosure with the new SX1018 HP Ethernet switch, which provides the lowest port-to-port latency of any blade switch, is more than four times faster than previous switches. HP also is the first in the industry to provide 40GB downlinks to each blade server for near-real time performance. This provides the ideal network interface for high-performance clusters or financial services applications.

HP also introduced the new HP ProLiant WS460c Generation 8 (Gen8) Server Blade, the only bladed infrastructure that supports virtualized client solutions with high-density 3-D graphics and eight GPUs per blade server. Supporting four times more users per host blade, the HP WS460c lowers costs by up to 60 percent per user compared to previous generations, to mobilize an entire workforce.

To help customers create an optimized, scalable wired and wireless infrastructure, HP is offering HP FlexNetwork Design and Validation and HP Wireless LAN Lifecycle Services. These services provide validated and interoperable high-level designs and device configurations based on proven HP FlexNetwork reference architectures.

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