Feeds

HP stuffs XenServer into ProLiants

iThe iVirtualization iIdentity

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Er, before we get to HP's rather unfortunate "iVirtualization" roll out, we'll note that HP plans to offer Citrix's XenServer software as a pre-installed option across the ProLiant server line.

Starting March 31, customers can purchase servers with XenServer burned into memory - or rather burned into a USB stick that plugs into a ProLiant motherboard. Everyone has seen this move coming ever since most of the major server vendors announced similar deals last month with VMware around ESX Server 3i. Why just do VMware when you can do Citrix as well and Microsoft (one day)?

We'll confess to some measure of fascination when talk of embedded hypervisors heated up last year. Now, however, the concept seems less wondrous and more basic. Customers save a bit on installation and boot times with built-in virtualization software, and they're given an easy way to upgrade from the basic embedded code to full-blown packages from the likes of VMware and Citrix.

HP and Citrix, however, seem to claim magic that the other vendors don't offer.

For example, customers will see "Citrix XenServer HP Select Edition" bundled on the boxes. The "Select Edition" part is what should inspire awe. It means that customers using the Insight Control management package can fiddle with virtual machines via a new graphical console. "With this new solution, new and existing HP and Citrix customers will be able to deploy and manage a virtualized environment faster and easier than ever before," the vendors said. See, we told you it was Select.

In addition, we're told that:

Citrix XenServer HP products are the only integrated virtualization solutions to feature pre-integrated HP management agent technology. As a result, customers can use the same familiar management systems for virtualization that they have been using on their existing HP ProLiant servers, such as HP Systems Insight Manager (SIM). HP SIM provides a consolidated view of system hardware health, configuration, performance and status information for individual HP servers. In addition, HP Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) now supports Citrix XenServer and can be used to perform advanced management of virtual machines.

Now, on to "iVirtualization."

You know the folks in HP's marketing department were proud of themselves for this one. They've managed to stick that painful and well-hyped "i" in front of the equally painful and well-hyped term "virtualization". This is strategy boutique synergy as its finest.

Apparently, HP will now offer "iVirtualization" with VMware, Citrix and eventually Microsoft. So, you get - HP ProLiant iVirtualization powered by VMware ESX 3i.

What does this mean? As far as we can tell, iVirtualization means that HP will sell you virtualization software from partners.

In addition, HP will offer a ProLiant Virtual Console, which lets you create and manage virtual machines along with providing some iLO (Integrated Lights Out) functions, although HP was pretty damn vague on that last bit.

Proving its iVirtualization desperation, HP bragged that the Virtual Console also provides "a single 'hot-key' to quickly toggle between each virtual machine console." Hot-key toggling? Come on, guys.

Oddly, HP already made a big virtualization management splash earlier this week with the revelation of HP Insight Dynamics - VSE, which can handle both physical and virtual machine jobs. HP reckons that the ProLiant Virtual Console will complement the HP Insight Dynamics - VSE package.

Anyone else confused about what you're meant to pick for what jobs?

Quite frankly, HP and Citrix do seem rather close as of today's announcement. HP spilled far more marketing ink on the XenServer ties than it did on last month's ESX 3i announcement. And, if the marketing materials are to be believed, HP has added in very thorough support for XenServer throughout its management portfolio. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle's most important silicon EVER
'Acceleration engines' key to performance, security, Larry says
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Lenovo to finish $2.1bn IBM x86 server gobble in October
A lighter snack than expected – but what's a few $100m between friends, eh?
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?
Boo - it's not a terabyte car, it's just predictive maintenance and that
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.