The world of IT is so complicated and very dynamic. That’s why HP launched the HP Converged Systems. It simplifies and extends HP Converged Infrastructure by assimilating several IT services into turnkey solutions.
HP Converged Systems: What Is It?
Simply put, HP Converged Systems is a collection of system-based services and products offered by Hewlett-Packard. It combines storage, servers, software, networking, as well as services into a simple package. Hopefully, this will address the growing complexity and high costs associated with operating and maintaining a data center because it is much easier to manage a single resource. It will also speed up the deployment of applications.
HP Converged Systems is comprised of:
- HP CloudSystem
- HP VirtualSystem
- HP AppSystems
You can use HP CloudSystem to create and manage public and private clouds, as well as hybrid clouds.
Basically, it is a collection of products and services from HP that helps you get your data center into the cloud. CloudSystem is comprised, among others, of CloudSystem Matrix, Matrix Operating Environment, CloudSystem Security, CloudSystem Enterprise, CloudAgile, CloudStart Solution, Cloud Service Delivery, and Cloud Service Automation.
- HP CloudSystem Matrix gives you Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for both private and hybrid clouds. It allows you to have the infrastructure up and running for your virtual and physical environments.
- HP CloudSystem Enterprise, on the other hand, gives you the ability to deliver self-service applications.
- HP CloudSystem Service Provider are for service providers. It helps in the deployment of hosted private and public clouds.
Benefits of using HP CloudSystem
HP CloudSystem allows you to have the most complete and highly integrated set of solutions for your cloud needs. With this system, you can deploy everything you need to put on the cloud in just minutes, not months.
So no matter what cloud deployment model you have or whether you need an IaaS, SaaS or PaaS service model, you can rely on HP CloudSystem to simplify the integration for you.
What’s more is that you can manage service delivery to the cloud from a single point of control: CloudSystem. This makes management so much easier and faster.
If you are familiar with vBlocks, vStart and Flex Pod, then you would know what HP VirtualSystem is. Basically, it is a stack of servers, network switches and storage from HP. HP VirtualSystem supports the virtualization environments of both Linux and Microsoft as well as that of Citrix and VMware.
You can choose between four deployment choices: up to 750, 2,500 or 6,000 virtual servers or 3,000 virtual clients.
Benefits of Using HP VirtualSystem
HP VirtualSystem was designed to solve these problems in virtualization:
- Having too many management tools
- Security issues
- The complexities in scaling and even getting on the cloud
With HP VirtualSystem, you have a balanced architecture that is designed for virtualized environments. It also allows you to simplify all aspects of managing, securing and deploying virtual and physical environments. Further, it lays the foundation for HP CloudSystem so that you could easily get into the cloud.
HP explains that with HP Virtual System, you can cut deployment times by as much as 50%.
The collection of services and products under the HP AppSystems umbrella works to hasten the time it takes to put out important applications. Typically, using HP AppSystems cuts the deployment time from days and weeks to mere minutes.
If you are trying to set up mission critical workloads such as those for database management, collaboration and analytics, these solutions are for you. What HP AppSystems does is to provide you with integrated software that are designed specifically for the integrated networking, storage and hardware components.
Just recently, HP announced three new applications:
- HP AppSystem for Apache Hadoop
- HP AppSystem for Vertica,
- HP AppSystem for Autonomy eDiscovery
A pre-sales consultant at HP, Rein du Pre, explains that traditional IT systems are burdened with a lot of challenges. For one, each system has their own infrastructure, software, networking and storage requirements. These “islands” are very difficult to integrate with one another. Adding to the complexity is that you are dealing with a lot of vendors for both your hardware and software. What this translates to is the slow deployment of new applications. In fact, using the old way of doing things, new applications are up and ready only after an average of around 18 months.
HP Converged Systems give you the best hardware, as well as the infrastructure to do away with all these problems.
So what you get is the best technologies giving you the best performance at very reasonable prices. What’s more, everything is built on open standards and may easily be extended to the cloud.
Probably what sets HP Converged Systems apart from others is their emphasis on open standards as opposed to Cisco’s and other vendors’ push to use proprietary software, which in turn locks you into that particular vendor. HP allows their customers to use infrastructure that are made by other companies. What this means is that you can still use the software, hardware and other IT investments you have already made.
If you have been in business for a long time, then chances are you have spent money on both hardware and software. Because HP Converged Systems is highly modular, you can still use these with HP’s own products and services.
To sum it up, HP Converged Systems has HP AppSystems, which gives you a collection of integrated systems that are optimized for specific workloads. It also provides you with modular hardware, via HP VirtualSystem to host multiple applications, that is simple and easy to manage and comes with a lot of integrated services. VirtualSystem lays the foundation for HP CloudSystem, which helps you get ready to deploy into the cloud.
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