Technology giant Hewlett-Packard announced integrated solutions designed to
simplify operations and accelerate IT resource consolidation, including the
StorageWorks P9500 Disk Array and enhancements to the HP-UX portfolio for
Integrity systems. HP said the solutions help improve application service
delivery by providing an open, integrated architecture for workloads from
The P9500 builds on five generations of StorageWorks XP Disk Array technology.
With a new user-centric design and standards-based architecture, the P9500 is
designed to increase the amount of data managed per administrator and double
power efficiency while cutting data center floor space requirements in half
(based on internal HP testing). The solution provides automated, non-disruptive
movement of data between classes of storage capacity, including solid-state
"Many enterprise clients are struggling with how to improve availability
levels, automate disaster recovery and eliminate planned downtime," said
Donna Scott, vice president and distinguished analyst at IT research firm
Gartner. "Since failures do occur, the key is limiting the extent of the
outage in order to provide consistently high service levels to applications
enabling critical business processes."
Software enhancements to HP-UX 11i v3 and the HP Serviceguard Solutions
portfolio for Integrity help simplify mission-critical computing and improve
system resiliency for application workloads: The HP Serviceguard Extension for
Oracle e-Business Suite is intended to provide automated configuration for more
than 200 integrated applications, including financial services, customer
relationship management applications and interrelated components such as
storage and networking.
HP Financial Services, the company’s leasing and life cycle asset management
services division, can help businesses gain a better return on their technology
investments through the company’s Financial Solution Analysis. This diagnostic
tool helps enable enterprise clients to analyze both direct and indirect costs
associated with IT solutions. Financial Services offers a range of financing
options, including sale-leaseback services, designed to make it easier for
clients to upgrade to HP solutions from competitors’ equipment.
"Enterprises need to simplify their technology environments and reduce
overall costs, but cannot afford to sacrifice reliability, availability or
security of mission-critical applications," said David Roberson, senior
vice president and general manager of StorageWorks for HP. "The HP
Converged Infrastructure breaks down costly and inefficient technology silos to
reduce complexity and improve resiliency."