BladeSystem c-Class users will soon have a new virtualization option now that HP has agreed to offer Scalent's Virtual Operating Environment (V/OE). The move ups the number of virtualization options for HP systems to four, as the company already offers VMware, Xen and Virtual Iron.
The move is largely designed to offer a lower-cost virtualization option that still allows customers to separate applications from physical resources, freeing up those resources to be used only when requested. It could be an ominous sign for VMware, considering the company is a long-standing HP partner and had a lock on virtualization technology several years ago but now finds itself fighting for hardware support against a growing cadre of smaller, nimbler competitors.
Scalent also enjoys a lot of OS support, including Windows, Linux, Solaris, as well as AIX Unix and VMware's own ESX.
HP is upping the ante when it comes to management of virtual environments. The company has boosted the capability of its Virtual Connect management stack to allow admins to oversee more than 1,000 blades from a single console.