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VMware, HP’s Converged Infrastructure, and the Private Cloud

Steve_Herrod Posted by Steve Herrod
Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of R&D

This week HP introduced their
Converged Infrastructure Architecture, which is appropriately described as “a
blueprint for chief information officers to create elasticity in their
technology environments.” This blueprint unlocks currently siloed datacenter
resources (including compute, storage and network components) and, with the
help of virtualization, integrates them into a pool of very fluid resources
that can be smartly and safely allocated to the applications running on top.

Put another way, HP has unveiled a template that helps customers easily
build what many are now calling a “private cloud.” The general idea of a
private cloud is to bring many of the good traits associated with today’s
public cloud vendors (e.g. elasticity, efficiency, self-service, and
usage-based resource charges) to a company-owned and operated
datacenter—where IT is often more comfortable with their ability to meet
performance, availability, and compliance requirements.

VMware vSphere™ was explicitly designed for
building the private cloud, and HP BladeSystem Matrix’s out-of-box experience
and well-integrated management will help customers more quickly and more easily
realize the full capabilities of VMware vSphere. What’s more, even as customers
reap the benefits of their private cloud, they’re also laying the foundation to
leveraging public cloud resources. Virtual machines are well-encapsulated and
largely location independent. Working with HP, we can offer tools and a
complete portfolio of services that help customers continue to maintain the
control and security they have in their datacenters as they begin to leverage
resources in the public cloud. The resulting “hybrid” cloud is depicted below.

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Infrastructure and application management in this new world is
incredibly important, too, and HP’s capabilities integrate quite well with
VMware vCenter™ to push the envelope on this front. I particularly like the
integration work HP has done to bring their Insight software capabilities into
VMware vCenter. You have to register to see it, but there’s a great
demonstration of this at minute 62 of the VMworld 2009 general
session
.

I’ll stop here in the interest of keeping this blog short, but I did
just want to highlight again the excitement I have over holistic solutions
built for the fully virtualized datacenter that help enable the promise of the
private cloud.  If you would like
to see and hear a lot more about VMware and HP’s Converged Infrastructure,
be sure to also check out the video
from Bogomil Balkansky
, VMware’s VP of Server Product Marketing.