HP has announced a set of products and services designed to help customers transform their data centres from a standalone collection of physical assets into a virtual and adaptive infrastructure designed to rapidly meet changing business needs.

New research conducted on behalf of HP shows that more than one-third of chief information officers believe that in two to five years their data centres will be unable to meet the rapidly growing demand for business services and applications.
To meet this demand, HP is providing businesses with the technology tools and strategies needed to address top data centre initiatives: energy efficiency, automation, virtualization, consolidation and business continuity.
Coupled with HP’s current systems, storage, software and services, the new products and services make up the HP Data Centre Transformation portfolio, which helps enterprises to manage and transform their data centres.
“Today customers are facing multiple challenges – the explosion of data, a growing mobile workforce and the need for access to real-time information,” says Oliver Fortuin, GM: Technology Solutions Group at HP South Africa. “HP is qualified to help CIOs dramatically change the way they create, manage and operate their data centres.”
HP infrastructure additions include new services, plus a powerful HP ProLiant server:
* HP Critical Facilities services – As a result of its February acquisition of EYP Mission Critical Facilities, HP is expanding its data centre services offering with three new critical facilities services focused on consulting, design and assurance. The services help customers create scalable facilities that reduce the cost of data centre operations through energy-efficient power and cooling technologies contained in space-efficient facilities.
* HP Data Centre Consolidation services – These include design, transition and support services to help customers reduce the number of their facilities. As a result, customers reduce energy and operating costs while maintaining the ability to support business growth with a robust, flexible infrastructure.
* HP Data Centre Virtualisation services – The HP virtualization portfolio has been enhanced with new design, support and education services that help customers create a virtual infrastructure from their physical technology assets. This includes virtualisation across servers, storage, networks and applications.
* HP ProLiant DL785 G5 server – The HP ProLiant DL785 G5 is a powerful and scalable eight-socket x86 server based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor technology. The server is an ideal platform for virtualisation due to its processing power, large memory footprint, storage capacity and expandable input/output. The DL785 improves server utilisation by consolidating multiple servers and reduces the management, energy and space issues associated with server sprawl.
New software provides single view of physical and virtual world, enhanced automation:
* HP Insight Dynamics – VSE – This is the industry’s first software to analyse and optimise physical and virtual resources in the same way. The software helps customers extend the life of their data centers with advanced energy-aware capacity planning. HP Insight Dynamics – VSE will support multi-vendor hypervisor technologies and can reduce costs of common data center tasks by as much as 40%. Previewed today and expected to be available in the second calendar quarter of 2008, HP Insight Dynamics – VSE seamlessly plugs into HP Systems Insight Manager.
* HP Operations Orchestration enhancements – New integrations extend comprehensive automation across all physical and virtual infrastructures. By automating manual and error-prone processes across clients, applications, servers, networks, and storage, these integrations help customers better manage and automate business services. Additionally, these enhancements help customers reduce labor costs, increase service availability and meet compliance requirements by providing auditable, standardised processes.
The new approach speeds delivery of next-generation infrastructure benefits:
* HP Adaptive Infrastructure as a Service (AIaaS) – HP AIaaS offers customers access to HP owned and managed data centres that deliver an optimised platform for Microsoft Exchange, SAP applications and other critical business applications. Within a matter of hours, customers can rapidly access additional computing power to meet their fluctuating needs. With HP AIaaS, customers can realize improved service levels and convert traditional capital investment into an ongoing operating expense because all assets are owned and managed by HP.