by Robert Palmer | 12/4/14
On December 2, HP unveiled new enterprise products and services that it says will enable customers to transform operations across the data center to enable growth, improve profitability, and increase business agility. The announcement includes new offerings in hardware, software, and storage designed to help enterprises drive better business outcomes by taking advantage of trends in big data, cloud, mobility, and security.
In a prepared release, HP says that its new solutions will enable businesses to optimize infrastructure to meet current needs while preparing for the workload and application demands of tomorrow. “As the business requirements for infrastructure multiply at an exponential rate in coming years, a strong foundation will be more important than ever to help customers compete and succeed,” HP said.
The new portfolio of solutions include:
- Servers: HP Integrity Superdome X and HP Integrity NonStop X, which allow customers to deploy mission-critical workloads in a highly scalable, available and cost-efficient x86 environment.
- Storage: Faster and more flexible converged storage with a new portfolio of multi-protocol flash-optimized HP 3PAR StoreServ systems featuring flat backup to HP StoreOnce.
- Converged Systems: New software-defined converged infrastructure portfolio powered by HP OneView, HP Helion CloudSystem CS200-Hyper-Converged StoreVirtual, and HP ConvergedSystem 700 merges converged infrastructure, hyper-convergence, and software-definition to manage the most important workloads in infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud, mobility, and big data.
- Services: Expanded consulting and support services including HP Datacenter Care and HP Consulting for Software-defined Infrastructure to help customers support advanced cloud and software-defined infrastructure environments as they transition to the new style of IT.
HP’s latest announcement underscores the firm’s strategy when it comes to empowering the enterprise through converged infrastructure solutions. HP is in a distinctive position to help businesses navigate the complex issues surrounding mobility, big data, cloud enablement, IaaS, and security. Attacking any one of these areas separately would be a systematic nightmare, which is why HP’s converged solutions portfolio is so important.
HP’s broad portfolio of enterprise hardware, software, and services combined with its IT backbone allow it to effectively address the convergence occurring within the IT infrastructure. It is part of the “connective tissue” that HP has long promoted in terms of its unique ability to help customers migrate to what it calls “the new style of IT.”
One of the biggest challenges facing many organizations is revamping the IT environment to support a software-defined infrastructure, which would increase business agility and further enable the transition to mobile and advanced cloud solutions. Meanwhile, the promise of big data means that all areas of the IT infrastructure must be integrated to take full advantage, leveraging data to drive business intelligence and predictive analytics.
Robert Palmer is chief analyst and a managing partner for BPO Media, which publishes The Imaging Channel and Workflow magazines. He is an independent market analyst and industry consultant with more than 25 years experience in the printing industry covering technology and business sectors for prominent market research firms such as Lyra Research and InfoTrends. In December 2012 he formed Palmer Consulting as an independent consultancy focused on transformation, mobility, MPS, and the entire imaging market. Palmer is a popular speaker and presents regularly at industry conferences and trade events in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He is also active in a variety of imaging industry forums and currently serves on the board of directors for the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA).