In case you missed the news, Hewlett Packard a couple of weeks back announced a slew of new and refreshed products directly targeted toward small and medium businesses. The list of new equipment ranges from servers, workstations, networking gear, storage systems to printers -- niches which are the traditional strengths of HP.
Of particular note though, was how HP has combined some of the new hardware and assembled them into a number of bundles for organizations moving into virtualization for the first time, or perhaps upgrading their equipment with something more robust.
As reported by bMighty.com, the bundles are as follows:
Bundle Number 1: The HP Entry HA Virtualization Bundle and Performance Pack includes two HP ProLiant DL 180 G6 Servers, HP LeftHand P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance Software, HP ProCurve 2510G-24 Gigabit Managed Switch, VMware vSphere Essentials Plus, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.
Bundle Number 2: The HP ProLiant DL380 G6 virtual host servers, VMware ESX, HP Insight Control for management, HP LeftHand P4300 Starter SAN, and the HP ProCurve 2910al-24 Gigabit Managed Switches.
Bundle Number 3: The HP BladeSystem c3000 with HP StorageWorks MSA2324fc G2 SANs, four HP ProLiant BL490c G6 virtual host servers, VMware ESX virtual host software, Microsoft Exchange, HP Insight Control, HP Virtual Connect Flex-10, HP StorageWorks D2D2500 disk-to-disk Backup System, HP StorageWorks MSL2024 Tape Library, and the HP ProCurve Wired and Wireless Network Infrastructure, HP ProCurve Manager Plus 3.0, HP ProCurve Mobility Manager 3.0, and HP ProCurve Identity Driven Manager 3.0.
Kristin Pierce, worldwide director of SMB solutions for HP's ProCurve networking business confirmed HP's focus on virtualization by telling eWEEK that, "Across the board, virtualization is a trend that we're seeing."
It is clear from the lineup that HP wants to spare SMBs the hassle of having to mix and match the server hardware, appropriate storage infrastructure, as well as the right management and virtualization software. Depending on the technical support bundle that is sold with the hardware, the above bundles for virtualization will benefit most SMBs by deterring them from purchasing a solution with components that are a poor fit.
More tellingly though, is the importance of a SAN architecture when it comes to virtualization, and how tape storage continues to be an important pillar for long-term archival and backup. We shall be exploring more on these two topics in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned.