HP's server and storage moves target big data and cloud

With integrated systems for virtualisation, big data and hosted desktops, HP is appealing to businesses' desire for simpler IT.
Written by Toby Wolpe, Contributor

HP says a series of server cluster and storage launches this week will help organisations cope with future datacentre needs by simplifying systems and speeding up deployment.

Under the new HP ConvergedSystem umbrella, the company revealed three new integrated products on Monday, designed to cope with specific workloads.

Its HP ConvergedSystem for Virtualization comes with preconfigured, modular systems to support scalable resources for between 50 and 1,000 virtual machines.

For big-data analytics, HP is offering ConvergedSystem 300 for Vertica, while ConvergedSystem 100 for Hosted Desktops is based on the HP Moonshot processor-agnostic server architecture.

The products in the HP ConvergedSystem portfolio are offered with a single support service covering all system components and partner software.

HP said ConvergedSystem builds on the expertise it has developed with its HP CloudSystem integrated system for building and managing clouds.

On the storage side, HP said it is now offering a single architecture covering backup and archiving, as well as primary storage for midrange, enterprise and all-flash arrays.

It announced product updates to its HP StoreOnce Backup and HP StoreAll Archive systems, as well as improvements to its HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, which it said will significantly cut the cost of flash arrays.

The latest version of HP StoreOnce Backup is far faster than its predecessors, according to HP, and offers improved security and greater automation.

HP has improved its StoreAll Archive product so that it can simplify big-data archive management and the movement of applications between public and private clouds.

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