HP has announced significant enhancements to its business service management and automation software. The new HP offerings help minimise the operational costs of virtualisation by lowering infrastructure complexity and enabling greater resource efficiency.

The new offerings include enhancements to HP Server Automation, HP Client Automation, HP Storage Essentials, HP Network Automation, and HP Operations Manager software.
According to a recent report from Gartner, "Virtualisation’s impact on the overall IT industry has been dramatic, and virtualisation will continue to be the leading catalyst for infrastructure and operations software change through 2013. Organisations are looking at ways to cut costs, better utilise assets, and reduce implementation and management time and complexity."
Although virtualisation is often adopted to help reduce capital expenditures, it can trigger increased management expenses and can lead to more pronounced organisational silos. The new HP offerings help limit operational costs by bridging all the physical and virtual data centre silos through unified management and automation.
HP business service offerings help minimise operating expenses by integrating infrastructure silos across the entire data centre, spanning servers, applications, networks and storage.
The updated HP business service offerings help customers:
* Increase administrator effectiveness with HP Operations Manager for virtualisation to monitor the availability and performance of all virtual and physical assets through a common dashboard;
* Reduce the risk of downtime with HP Network Automation support for VMware v Switch to provide seamless visibility, control and compliance of virtual and physical network environments;
* Prevent overspending on excess storage without causing applications to underperform with HP Server Automation, the first solution in the industry that allows server administrators to provision the right amount of storage for their applications’ needs; and
* Reduce problem resolution times with HP Storage Essentials Performance Edition by quickly identifying, troubleshooting and reporting performance metric related trends in physical and virtual environments.
“To make virtualisation cost effective, customers must be vigilant to minimise operating expenses and have seamless management of infrastructure silos,” says Clive Brindley, head: solutions architecture at HP Software + Solutions SA. “Our newly enhanced HP business service offerings help customers manage all aspects of the physical and virtual application infrastructure to unlock the true promise of virtualisation.”
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