Virtualisation is poised to become a key enabler of the next dramatic advances in IT business value. Once limited to addressing discrete technology issues, it is now a core strategy that can reach throughout your data center and across your enterprise.

As virtualisation's scope expands, so does its potential for improving business results. Today, you're "going virtual" to target gains that extend beyond cost-savings and better asset utilisation. Gains include increased responsiveness to the business, higher energy efficiency, downtime risk mitigation, tightened security, business continuity protection.
The virtualisation lifecycle in business terms
Realising this potential means looking to your business services and business results as the drivers and definers of success. It means rethinking applications and operations management, infrastructure barriers and client architectures. It means taking a comprehensive perspective that spans the ramifications of virtualisation environment-wide.
HP supports this business-centric approach with a broad portfolio of services encompassing every phase of the virtualization lifecycle.
Virtualisation strategy and design
Which applications and business services should you virtualise? Which tools, governance policies and processes do you need to adapt? How will virtualisation affect your physical infrastructure?
HP consultants draw on decades of experience to help you chart a course for virtualisation success.
The company's data centre virtualization services:
* Assess your environment;
* Evaluate your technical and business challenges;
* Help you plan a custom-tailored virtualisation approach;
* Recommend appropriate technologies and solutions; and
* Develop detailed implementation roadmaps for applications, server, storage and client virtualisation.
Virtualisation transition
What's the fastest, most cost-effective, least disruptive way to implement your chosen virtualization strategy? Where do you start? How do you integrate virtualisation with physical resources already in place? How can you minimise the transition's impact on your business?
HP support services are available for advanced hardware such as the ProLiant BL495c virtualisation blade –  as well as virtualisation software from leading vendors including HP, VMware and Citrix. And HP data centre transition services can help ensure successful migration and cutover from your legacy environment to your new virtualization architecture.
Virtualisation operation and automation
How do you improve capacity management? Put underutilized assets to work where the business needs them most? Contain support and administration costs? Integrate management of physical and virtual resources? Keep performance and availability high?
As you rethink operations management in a virtualisation context, services from HP can be instrumental to your success. They can help you remove steps and streamline processes – so you can refocus on business priorities rather than technology maintenance and management. They can help you automate service delivery. They can help you improve security and manageability by leveraging virtualization for client infrastructure.
With HP Business Service Management Services, you can gain real-time insight into business process execution and relate this to the impact your technology – virtual as well as physical – has on the business.
HP Virtualisation Support Services let you manage your virtual and physical resources in the same way, with global processes, helping to extend virtualization management to the client level. And HP End-User Workplace Services help extend virtualization management to the client level.
Virtualisation continual improvement
How do you optimise your virtualized environment to deliver consistent service quality to the business? Fine-tune your day-to-day operations? Enhance your virtualisation-specific business processes?
Collaborate with HP to create a culture of continual service improvement. Our business-focused Service Management Services help you acquire the right ITIL  and project-management skill sets, target your service improvement initiatives  and implement best practices that reduce risk, boost service quality and power positive business results.