HP Expands Virtualization, OpenLDAP for Data Centers

HP is expanding open source options for mission-critical data center operations based on Linux, OpenLDAP and popular open virtualization technologies. Features include high-availability clustering, disaster tolerance and data management.

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HP is expanding open source options for mission-critical data center operations based on Linux, OpenLDAP and popular open virtualization technologies. Features include high-availability clustering, disaster tolerance and data management.

The announcements were made during August's LinuxWorld in San Francisco.

Specifically, HP expanded virtualization support from HP Serverguard for Linux. Beyond VMWare, HP now supports Novell SUSE and Red Hat Xen virtual machine guests. HP Serviceguard for Linux is HP's high availability clustering and disaster tolerance portfolio for Linux, and protects applications from downtime associated with upgrades, maintenance and failures from software or hardware.

HP also debuted a service to help data center managers adopt OpenLDAP, the open source, mission-critical directory. HP's Strategy Workshop and Migration Assessment Services pinpoint uses and locations for OpenLDAP-based directory services for best ROI and IT results. "These consulting services help customers effectively implement an OpenLDAP directory and quickly jump-start directory service migration…[allowing] customers to immediately reap [OpenLDAP] benefits of…improved performance, increased flexibility, and reduced risk of non-compliance," HP said in a statement.

"The [services] deliverables that we provide to customers are highly customized to their environments based on our consultative/architecture/design process and are not generic in nature," Doug Small, worldwide director for HP's Open Source and Linux marketing told IDN.

Customization aside, HP also offers several valuable OpenLDAP-related blueprints to help customers get started, including:
  • HP Open Source Middleware Stacks Blueprint: Directory Services Red Hat Linux
  • HP Open Source Middleware Stacks Blueprint: SUSE Linux
  • OpenLDAP for HP BladeSystem

  • At present, Small added that HP's work with OpenLDAP won't impact HP's Systinet portfolio of directory technologies, but ne couldn't rule it out for the future. "HP's work with OpenLDAP is targeted at broad-scoped, general purpose enterprise directories. Over time there could be room for integration, but right now these areas are fairly distinct," Small told IDN.

    Details and specs on HP's OpenLDAP offerings are available.



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