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November 29, 2009

HP unveils Converged Infrastructure offerings for Microsoft environments

Claims to establish automated and virtualised converged server, storage and network technology

By CBR Staff Writer

HP has unveiled new integrations of its Converged Infrastructure architecture for Microsoft applications, which it claims to enable customers to simplify the management of their computing environments.

With new HP BladeSystem Matrix templates, reference architectures and services for Microsoft environments, customers can maximise the value of Microsoft applications by establishing a converged server, storage and network technology that is efficient, automated and virtualised, the company claims.

As an extension of BladeSystem Solution Builder program, HP has collaborated with Microsoft to create offerings that run Microsoft software within a converged infrastructure, enabling customers to reduce provisioning time.

The company has also launched new tools for Microsoft suite that enable customers to reduce risk when configuring, designing and architecting Microsoft application infrastructures. It simplifies and accelerates Exchange Server 2010 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V infrastructure configuration with HP sizing tools, recommended configurations, tiered service-level delivery, and automation and provisioning of a converged infrastructure.

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According to HP, its services for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 enhances business productivity by offering services for customers including, HP’s strategy workshop followed by services to plan, design, implement and support the transition to Exchange Server 2010, a foundation application for HP Microsoft unified communications and collaboration offerings.

In addition, the HP services for Windows Server 2008 R2 help customers implement virtualisation and private cloud deployments by providing strategic advice and service based on Microsoft Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, Windows 7 and Microsoft System Centre.

Paul Miller, vice president of marketing, enterprise storage, servers and networking at HP, said: “HP’s Converged Infrastructure provides a blueprint for unifying servers, storage, networks, power and cooling with facilities into a single environment, optimised for both physical and virtual workloads and perfectly suited for Microsoft applications.”

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