VMware, HP Partner To Manage Physical, Virtual Datacenters

VMware and HP unveiled plans at this week’s VMworld 2009 for a solution to let customers better manage integrated physical and virtual infrastructures, including cloud-based options.  The solution, to ship Q1 2010, will bring together HP Insight Control and VMware vCenter Server, and allows VMware’s vCenter console to be a ‘single-pane-of-glass,’ execs said.

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VMware and HP unveiled plans at this week’s VMworld 2009 for a solution to let customers better manage integrated physical and virtual infrastructures, including cloud-based options.

The solution, slated to ship Q1 2010, will bring together HP Insight Control and VMware vCenter Server, and allows VMware’s vCenter console to be a ‘single-pane-of-glass,’ execs said.

Enterprise customers are looking for tighter integration between virtual and physical environments, so they simplify operations and management and obtain better control over infrastructure resources – all with a simpler user interface, according to VMware and HP execs.

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server lets customers streamline day-to-day monitoring and management tasks, and also free IT staff to focus on more strategic projects.

The new HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server offers customers the best of both worlds through ‘single-pane-of-glass’ infrastructure management, said Raghu Raghuram, vice president and general manager, Server Business Unit, VMware, in a statement. “The solution will help customers manage virtualized environments more easily, with familiar tools that their IT staff has been trained on [and] improve operational efficiencies by spending less time on maintenance issues.”

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server provides these benefits:

  • Ensure uptime for virtual environments: Under the integration of the two products, if HP tools detect a potential failure, an alarm is passed to the VMware vCenter console, placing the server in maintenance mode while VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), automatically relocates the virtualized workload to a different host. Using HP Insight Control to help manage physical infrastructure can decrease server downtime by up to 77%, company officials said.
  • Increase IT staff efficiency: Administrators can access the information they need to quickly resolve problems. This eliminates the need to switch between consoles to identify hardware issues that may impact application availability.
  • Manage global infrastructure: Customers will be able to remotely manage and troubleshoot VMware virtualized HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers using HP Integrated Lights Out Advanced capabilities directly from the VMware vCenter Server console, resulting in quicker resolution of system issues and increased server uptime.
  • Reduce energy costs: Intelligent power measurement and control through VMware Distributed Power Management and HP Insight Control can reduce power costs and their carbon footprint.


VMware and HP partners applaud the move to more tightly integrate their offerings. “Customers have been asking us for solutions that reduce management complexity and risk of downtime,” said James Geis, director of solution development at Forsythe, a North American IT infrastructure integrator. “This new joint solution from HP and VMware will provide a strong server virtualization management solution that addresses those issues.”




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