Here's how Scalent would describe V/OE:
Scalent V/OE infrastructure virtualization software enables data center managers to react in real-time to changing business needs. It does this by dynamically changing the software stack that servers are running and how those servers are connected to networks and storage systems, without making physical changes to the infrastructure. This ability to make real-time server software, network connectivity and storage access changes adds greater infrastructure flexibility, drives down costs and increases deployment and failover capabilities of data center systems.
This announcement is good news for Scalent Systems. After all, HP has many more representatives around the world and this could mean that more IT decision makers could be made aware of Scalent V/OE and what it could do for their organization. It is good news for HP because it lets them offer sophisticated management software for virtualized environments that matches nearly all of the features offered by suppliers such as Egenera.
What does it mean for others?
This announcement comes after Egenera's announcement that it was launching its own software buiness. My post Egenera Launches Software Business explores this topic a bit farther. After reading through Egenera's announcement one certainly could come to the conclusion that Egenra's move was an attempt at a pre-emptive strike against suppliers such as Scalent Systems. It is not at all clear that this move will be as successful as Egenera would like since it is somewhat late. There are now several suppliers of software technology that, on the surface, offer many or, perhaps, most of the features of Egenera's PAN manager.
What does it mean for your organization?
Although this announcement largely targets HP and its customers, Scalent has partnerships with other hardware suppliers. Scalent's technology, in combination with that offered by these partners, could be very helpful to organizations building a dynamic datacenter that includes both virtual and physical resources.
Is your organization using Scalent V/OE? What benefits has this technology offered your company?