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As an invited blogger I will be at HP Discover 2011 next week (6-10 June) at the Venetian in Las Vegas. It is HP’s big Enterprise Business event that covers HP’s entire portfolio products, solutions and services. If you want to follow what is going on please follow the hashtag #HPDiscover
Again I will view the presentations, workshops and exhibitions through the eyes of an architect of private cloud infrastructure. I want to find out if HP has discovered there is more than one hypervisor ready for prime business. Of course I will interrogate HP people about their integration with Microsoft Virtualization, System Center, Hyper-V Private Cloud and Azure.
I have been working with HP (and previously Compaq) servers and storage since day one and I’m looking forward to their newest developments and announcements. We have built many server virtualization platforms based on HP ProLiant (BladeSystem) servers, HP EVA, HP LeftHand and HP MSA, now called P6000, P4000 and P2000. I intend to take a closer look at HP 3PAR (and wonder if this storage array gets a P#### number as well).
Let’s see how far HP has progressed with integrating HP and Microsoft technology. Hopefully it is not a VMware only story as it has been in the past, despite HP’s involvement in Hyper-V Private Cloud, the Fast Track program and the reference architecture built for this purpose. The first proof of real involvement was the Hyper-V Cloud HP built for Microsoft Management Summit 2011, the event I attended three months ago. Never thought I’d see Vegas again so quickly. I am not complaining.
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Especially the Virtual Connect Flex-10 version has been invaluable for us in many Hyper-V projects where high bandwidth, flexibility and abundance of network adapter ports is crucial. Many of our customers have become convinced of using this very flexible network product in HP Blade Enclosures. I can very safely recommend this wonderful piece of technology (No, I don’t work for HP but I do work for a longstanding HP Partner in the Netherlands). We have built our Nobel Cloud Services based on this technology. We also help customers build their own private cloud for which HP Virtual Connect can be major building block.
New generation: HP virtual Connect FlexFabric
The future has even more flexibility in store: HP FlexFabric which can be used in HP’s Converged Infrastructure Architecture which is based on emerging industry standards like Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FcOE) and Virtual Ethernet Port Aggregation (VEPA):