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HP Advances Its ConvergedSystems Portfolio

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted December 9, 2013


HP is updating its Converged System portfolio today, introducing new systems that set the stage for the evolution of HP's AppSystem solutions.

HP first came up with the concept of the AppSystem in June of 2011, as a type of Converged System offering that delivers an optimized hardware and software platform for specific application workloads. HP Converged SystemsFrances Guida, manager, HP Converged Systems, told ServerWatch that the new Converged Systems build on the experience HP has with AppSystems.

"Over time, HP will be transitioning existing AppSystems into offerings within the HP ConvergedSystem portfolio," Guida said. "Like all HP ConvergedSystems, these systems will be optimized for specific workloads, and easy to buy, manage, and support."

The initial AppSystems were for Vertica analytics as well as data application warehouse requirements. The idea of optimized converged systems is not unique to HP and is also offered by IBM with its PureSystems portfolio as well as Oracle with its Engineered Exa-class server systems.

One of the new Converged Systems is the ConvergedSystem 100, which is built for Hosted Desktop deployments.

Guida explained that virtual desktops and hosted desktops are two approaches to addressing the same challenge – how to reduce costs, streamline management and support the mobility requirements of end-user computing.

"Technically, a virtualized desktop environment provides a shared pool that is carved up among all users, while a hosted desktop is more of a broker that assigns available resources as users log on," Guida said. "In a hosted environment, performance is predictable because each user gets a dedicated environment."

Guida added that within the ConvergedSystem 100 for Hosted Desktops, the software used to broker the sessions is Citrix XenDesktop.

From a server architecture perspective, the ConvergedSystem 100 for Hosted Desktop includes the HP Moonshot 1500 chassis with HP ProLiant m700 server cartridges. Guida said that the solution includes the Moonshot switches and uplink modules, as well as a Moonshot chassis management module.

The other two new systems are the ConvergedSystem 300 and 700 boxes, which Guida said are brand new systems from HP. The ConvergedSystem 300 for Virtualization includes three to eight HP ProLiant DL380p Gen 8 Servers as well as three to eight StoreVirtual VSA software instances.

The HP ConvergedSystem 700 includes four to sixteen ProLiant BL460c Gen8 E5-v2 blade servers backed by an HP 3PAR StoreServer7200 storage base.

"They build on the experience that HP has had with HP VirtualSystem, but they are new systems that have been designed to allow modular expansion," Guida added.

The HP VirtualSystem was first announced back in August of 2011 as a converged solution for VMware virtualization deployments.


Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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