HP Converged Infrastructure Portfolio Expands

By Nathan Eddy

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard announced the release of additional Converged Infrastructure solutions in networking, security and scalable computing, including a new HP TippingPoint security service designed to increase network integrity by providing granular control of application access, with the ability to block access to entire Websites or features across the enterprise. The company said all solutions are currently available through HP or an authorized channel partner.

For service providers, the ProLiant SL6500 scalable system provides a single, scalable platform for hosting, Web serving, cloud computing or outsourcing a variety of applications. The POD (Performance Optimized Datacenter), a modular, container-based IT environment, helps enable service providers to expand an entire data center for application access in a short period of time.

The Branch Office Networking solution is a turnkey hardware, software, application and connectivity offering designed to improve service delivery to remote locations. Through an open architecture, the solution integrates technology and consolidates branch office equipment. Integrated partner technologies include Avaya Aura Session Border Controller powered by Acme Packet, Citrix Netscaler VPX, Microsoft Lync, NetScout nGenius Integrated Agent for HP and Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS).

The ProLiant SL6500 scalable system features a common modular architecture that can scale from one node to thousands while delivering improved energy efficiency and performance of up to 1 teraflops per unit of rack space. This standard platform can be customized and tuned with the HP ProLiant SL390s G7 server and HP ProLiant SL170s G6 server to meet varying application demands, such as high-performance computing, Web services, cloud computing and hosting.

The solutions are based on HP Converged Infrastructure, which provides clients with integrated servers, storage, networking and software. The company said Converged Infrastructure is an ideal foundation for application service delivery because it offers an open, common architecture that is highly optimized and managed in a unified way, which allows clients to automatically tune their infrastructure to meet the specific requirements of their environments.

"Enterprises are realizing that applications are only as good as the infrastructure that powers them," said Dave Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager of HP’s enterprise servers, storage and networking divison. "HP Converged Infrastructure delivers significant advantages in deployment speed, performance, reliability and management of applications that provide organizations quantifiable results over traditional environments."

This article was originally published on 2010-10-05