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November 17, 2011

Most enterprises, service providers and governments have ramped-up their use of virtualization over the past several years, with many impressive results. Those paybacks can only continue, however, if the overall service and support of these complex and dynamic environments keeps pace. Read more

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Germany’s largest travel agency starts a virtual desktop journey to get branch office IT under control
November 16, 2011

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HP rolls out EcoPOD modular data center, provides high-density converged infrastructure with extreme energy efficiency
June 10, 2011

LAS VEGAS HP today at Discover here unveiled what it says is the world’s most efficient modular data center, a compact and self-contained Performance Optimized Data Center (POD) that supports more than 4,000 servers in 10 percent of the space and with 95 percent less energy than conventional data centers. Read more

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Deep-dive panel discussion on HP’s new Converged Infrastructure, EcoPOD and AppSystem releases at Discover
June 10, 2011

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HP rolls out EcoPOD modular data center, provides high-density converged infrastructure with extreme energy efficiency
June 8, 2011

LAS VEGAS HP today at Discover here unveiled what it says is the world’s most efficient modular data center, a compact and self-contained Performance Optimized Data Center (POD) that supports more than 4,000 servers in 10 percent of the space and with 95 percent less energy than conventional data centers.

The HP POD 240a also costs 25 percent of what traditional data centers cost up front, and it can be deployed in 12 weeks, said HP. It houses up to 44 industry standard racks of IT equipment.

The EcoPOD joins a spectrum of other modular data center offerings, filling a gap on the lower end of other PODs like the shipping-container-sized Custom PODs, the HP POD 20c – 40c, and the larger bricks and mortar HP Flexible Data Center facilities. [Disclosure: HP is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]

The EcoPOD can be filled with HP blade servers and equipment, but also supports servers from third-parties. It is optimized for HP converged infrastructure components, however. HP says the EcoPOD can be ordered and delivered in three months, and then just requires an electric power and network connect to become operational.

The modular design, low capital and operating costs and rapid deployment will be of interest to cloud providers, Web 2.0 applications providers, government and oil industry users. I was impressed with its role in business continuity and disaster recovery purposes. The design and attributes also will help those organizations that need physical servers in a certain geography or jurisdiction for compliance and legal reasons, but at low cost despite the redundancy of the workloads.

The HP EcoPOD also provides maximum density for data center expansion or as temporary capacity during data center renovations or migrations, given that it streamlines a 10,000-square-foot data center into a compact, modular package in one-tenth the space, said HP.

The design allows for servers to be added and subtracted physically or virtually, and the cooling and energy use can be dialed up and down automatically based on load and climate, as well as via set policies. It can use outside air when appropriate for cooling … like my house most of the year.

The HP POD 240a is complemented by a rich management capability, the HP EcoPOD Environmental Control System, with its own APIs and including its own remote dashboards and control suite, as well as remote client access from tablet computers, said HP.

The cost savings are eye-popping. HP says an HP POD 240a costs $552,000 a year to operated, versus $15.4 million for traditional systems energy use.

Built at a special HP facility in Houston, HP POD-Works, the EcoPODs will be available in the Q4 of this year in North America, and rolling out globally into 2012.

HP is also offering leasing arrangement, whereby the costs of the data center are all operating expenses, with little up-front costs.

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HP with FlexNetwork: You’re going to have to update your network, so you might as well do it right
May 10, 2011

As HP unveils it’s new FlexNetwork Architecture (stories on ZDNet, InformationWeek and Network World), they seem to be making a bold statement about the future of corporate networks. And that is that changing requirements are inevitable, so why not build out a network that can support all the new cloud and mobile tricks you know about … and the ones you don’t? Read more

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Adaptive Computing beefs up data center and private cloud management with Moab 6.0
February 15, 2011

Adaptive Computing has announced a major upgrade to its data-center and private-cloud management solution. The new version addresses growing enterprise demand to quickly deploy infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) or software-as-a-service (SaaS) from a centralized and intelligent data center infrastructure. Read more

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HP offers framework for one-stop data center transformation
February 15, 2011

As more companies look toward building or expanding data centers, HP has announced today a comprehensive service that simplifies the process of designing and building data centers by offering design, construction and project management from a single vendor. Read more

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Sensing shift in business priorities, HP targets Instant-On Enterprise as new tech-enabled competitive advantage
November 3, 2010

The rapidly evolving landscape for global business — and the consequent need for IT to relate differently to businesses so they together serve their customers in innovative ways — has to mean more than business as usual from technology suppliers. Read more

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Process automation elevates virtualization use while transforming IT’s function to app and cloud service broker
August 31, 2010

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