HP Bolsters Converged Infrastructure Portfolio with New Hardware + Services

This morning Hewlett-Packard unveiled a whole line-up of converged infrastructure offerings that address several current trends in the enterprise, including cloud computing and software-defined networking.  Here’s a brief rundown of what HP is announcing today:


According to the company, the new HP BladeSystem c7000 Platinum enclosure is 70 percent cheaper to operate than competing offerings.  The solution is joined by two HP StoreVirtual Storage systems and a StoreSystem, the latest addition to the company’s OEM-only line of mid-range store appliances. All three solutions are based on Hewlett-Packard’s Gen8 ProLiant servers.


HP augmented its FlexNetwork product family with the OpenFlow-enabled HP 2920 Series switch. The vendor says that the SDN device can deliver an increase of up to 45 percent in data transfers, as well as doubled performance.

The second addition to the company’s network portfolio is the SX1018 HP Ethernet switch, which ships with the c7000 BladeSystem. The selling point here is that the switch is supposedly four times faster than the previous generation, making it “the lowest port latency of any blade switch” on the market.


New to the HP Technology Services line-up is Proactive Insight Experience “which enables clients to take proactive actions as well as automate and manage tasks.” The company says that the offering can generate $32,000 in value per 100 users.

HP is rounding out its enterprise portfolio. This latest roll out comes just a couple of weeks after the technology vendor unveiled two new SaaS solutions targeted at corporate  application developers: One of the services is an Agile development platform that includes built-in collaboration and data visualization features, while the other is an application performance management solution. The two offerings share the common goal of making app development easier and more cost-efficient for organizations with a large team and limited budget.