VMware And HP Extend Cloud Computing Agreement

At VMworld 2010, VMware and HP announced an agreement to deliver a new virtualization solution, reference architectures and IT services to help customers accelerate cloud computing deployment and IT as a service.

To help customers better control and manage the physical and virtual aspects of cloud infrastructure, VMware and HP are creating an integrated, comprehensive cloud infrastructure solution combining the new VMware vCloud Director with the HP BladeSystem Matrix and HP Cloud Maps.

The HP Cloud Map for VMware vCloud Director can be directly imported into customers’ Matrix environments to rapidly deploy new VMware vCloud infrastructure. Through the integration of Matrix and VMware vCloud Director, customers can easily scale virtualized resource pools to quickly adjust to changing business demands. The integration will be available as a technology preview by the end of the year.

With the new HP Insight Control extension for VMware vCenter Server, clients can optimize their IT environments and reduce complexity with better management.

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server delivers HP hardware management capabilities to virtualization administrators, enabling comprehensive monitoring, remote control and power optimization directly from the VMware vCenter Server console. With a combined physical and virtual view, clients can reduce server sprawl by monitoring status and performance of virtual machines and the underlying host systems that support them from a single pane of glass.

Integrated troubleshooting, powerful remote control and proactive power management further simplify data center operations while reducing risk and power costs.

VMware and HP will develop reference architectures that deliver integrated, validated solutions for SMB, enterprise and cloud environments and client virtualization. The reference architectures provide an IT blueprint for integrated solutions and deployment best practices.

This makes it easy for customers to implement the right virtualized solution for their business needs with confidence. The reference architectures, which leverage the companies’ 10-year collaboration, will be available by the end of the year.

Under the agreement, HP will provide consulting, integration and support services for customers deploying VMware virtualization software within an HP Converged Infrastructure framework. The new services, which are available today, accelerate customers’ transition to the cloud by enabling data center consolidation and virtual desktop deployment.

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