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Blogger Reality Contest Week #2 overview

This was the 2nd week on the Blogger Reality Contest and HP delivered a webinar on their HP Converged Systems, the presenters were Kristy Ward & Jeff Kenyon from HP ESSN Alliances Solutions group.

The Difference

The major difference with HP’s offerings is that it supports multiple hypervisors. I can say from a virtualization stand point this is a huge selling point over the competition. In recent weeks it has been brought up multiple times with me about Citrix running on VMware, or a conversation about Hyper-V. Just Saturday, while attending a BBQ, vBlock was the topic of discussion. Now being fresh off the webinar presentation I threw out the information of HP’s Converged Systems with the ability to run any hypervisor. This solidified the major impact of that feature.

Being able to utilize any virtualization technology with-in your infrastructure is a great way to stay fluid. You are able to change as your business needs change. Today Hyper-V tomorrow VMware, utilizing HP’s offerings currently available; can make a CFO happy with the ROI.

HP Converged Systems

HP’s converged systems, offers a range of solutions to help business that are virtualizing and headed to the cloud.

  • HP VirtualSystem– HP’s stepping stone to CloudSystem. Simple virtualization that is optimized for running in a virtual environment.
  • HP CloudSystem– HP’s Cloud solution allowing you to put your apps & services at your fingertips.
  • Hp AppSystems– HP’s business intelligence portfolio

HP VirtualSystem

HP engineers have developed a system which is optimized for virtual environments. With 2x the memory and optimized storage; security is also a factor offering vm-vm , vm-physical traffic inspection.  Find that one of the three available models is not enough?  Simply run the Cloud Start upgrade application and it will help make converting to a HP CloudSystem a breeze.

  • VS1-
    • Proliant Rack mount
    • Up to 8 physical nodes
    • Storage: P4000 series
    • Scales up to 750 vm’s
  • VS2
    • HP Blade system
    • Up to 26 server nodes
    • Storage: P4800 series
    • Scales up to 2500 vm’s
  • VS3
    • HP Blade system
    • Up to 64 server nodes
    • Storage: 3Par utility storage
    • Scales up to 6,000 vm’s

Please be sure to read the link below from Tech Talk with Phillip Sellers who goes more into detail on some of these systems.

You can find more detailed information here

Nerd’s Blurt

In an ever growing world of “need it now with less” approach, has really pushed innovation.  IT Departments like business needs are ever changing. HP is trying to tip the scale by offering a solution that can work now, and have room to grow.

Related Links

Check the following links to find some great information pertaining to HP’s Virtual System and the use of them on other Hypervisors.

Please Vote

  • I thought that you were going to do an hsneot comparison but this sounds more like marketing for VM Ware. I have been in IT for 15 years and had worked on Novell and MS server and desktop OS. I have also worked with VM ware desktops for 8 years and played with esx for several years. I can say that vm ware was much better than virtual desktop and server but haven’t yet used hyper-v. Your praise for esx management console reflects your bias. It is not so great. I have had the console for guests blanking out and than unable to reboot the vm many times.And your cost analysis does not show at what point it is cheaper to get hyper v and at what point it gets more expensive. For instance MS allows using multiple virtuals on a single licensed host and VM licenses per CPU core. You can do the maths.Hyper V is based on Windows 2008 and so certainly vulnerable to hacks and viruses and would have to be updated. But ESX is also based on Linux although stripped version and so to an extent susceptible to security vulnerabilities.I certainly like the the memory over commitment technique used in ESX but do not get over zealous with it. If you happen to boot several guests with over commit at the same time, you will see the slowness in performance.Lastly, I heard that Hypervisor had a built in GUI based management console, so I can switch between several VM’s at the system’s console. That is great. sI am going to install vista ultimate to test some extreme graphic and sound functions with full driver support with hyper v. I think that is something that cannot be done on ESX. Virtualization is not for server consolidation but is fast becoming a disaster recovery solution for desktops also.

    • NerdBlurt

      This is an honest post, it is from four years ago and is speaking on the then HP converged systems not just VMware.