Feeds

HP wants to get physical with virtual servers

We'll touch you in one, special place

Top three mobile application threats

HP refuses to let its software partners enjoy all of the virtualization glory. The company today announced a broad virtualization management package that will see HP tread on the toes of partners such as VMware and start-ups such as Scalent.

Witness the power of HP Insight Dynamics - VSE. This management code combines a number of HP applications to let customers install, move and tweak virtual systems. The software will also make use of "Smart Solver" technology birthed in HP Labs to control power usage across many systems. In total, HP claims to give customers a single spot for managing so-called virtual server sprawl.

HP Insight Dynamics - VSE combines bits and bobs found in Virtual Server Environment, Insight Control and Virtual Connect to let customers control their physical and virtual servers via a central console. You can fire up applications on physical boxes and create and move virtual servers within a single physical system or across various physical systems. The management tools include the ability to meter out CPU, memory and I/O between applications.

Along with those management basics, HP is putting the Smart Solver technology to work by analyzing server and power usage across a data center. The software runs historical checks on systems and then advises administrators on changes that might help out with capacity issues.

HP reckons that it's the first vendor "to let customers seamlessly manage virtual and physical servers with a single tool," although plenty of folks out there might beg to differ. A host of start-ups certainly have physical and virtual server management code, and the likes of Sun and IBM offer similar sorts of software. Gaging where one package ends, and the other begins is a difficult task given the intense marketing promises dished out by the vendors.

For its part, HP seems to have just rolled together tools found in its various management packages and added in support for controlling VMware's hypervisor and for the Smart Solver bits. HP plans to offer support for other hypervisors in the months to come.

Customers that want the most out of Insight Dynamics - VSE will need to use HP's C-Class blades, since they're the home of the Virtual Connect technology, which makes it possible to keep virtual servers running smoothly when you're making networking changes to physical systems.

HP claims that it's not really getting in VMware's way. It's just providing a base platform for centralized management. Many customers will still want VMware's goods for advanced functions such as failover or more sophisticated management.

To HP's point, the new software sounds a bit shallow, especially in its beta form.

We, however, don't fully buy HP's argument, especially if you think about where HP might go over the long-term. The whole idea behind offering a single management spot is to make life easier on customers. Why not keep extending what customers can do from their main control point?

HP has yet to set pricing on this new software but expects to ship it in May. Those of you on ProLiant boxes and blades will receive the new software via the Insight Control Environment, while the Itanium crowd will turn to the Virtual Server Environment Suite.

We'd go on to tell you about the wondrous new services offering HP put out today as well, but the company wasn't nice enough to invite us to its party. So we won't Interested folks can look here. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed
Nadella's database sqares the circle of cheap memory vs speed
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?
Biz apps, messaging, photos, email, more storage – sorry, did you think there would be cake?
IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?
I'll leave my arrays to do the hard work, if you don't mind
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.