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July 25, 2012

Hewlett Packard is now offering a new application that improves visibility into the relationship between software and physical servers, virtual and cloud IT infrastructure, enabling enterprises to cut down on the complexity and take control of their IT processes in a more streamline fashion.

The new HP Configuration Management System (CMS) version 10 includes new Universal Discovery Software (UDS), which offers automated discovery capabilities to support the deployment and management of physical, virtual and cloud projects.

Automated discovery capabilities enable enterprise clients to reduce costs and risks associated with mission-critical service disruptions, as well as decrease the time spent on manual discovery by more than 50 percent.

Additionally, HP CMS clients have recently seen an increase in speed of projects completed. HP Discovery Software offerings are currently being used by about 40 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as six out of the seven largest global automotive manufacturers, and four out of the five largest global telecommunication service providers.

HP CMS 10 enables enterprises, governments and managed service providers (MSPs) to:

  • Save time by quickly discovering software and hardware inventory, as well as associated dependencies, in a single unified discovery solution
  • Speed time to value with a simplified user interface and enhanced scalability, allowing IT teams to consume and use rich intelligence hosted in the HP CMS
  • More easily manage multiple client environments within a single HP Universal Configuration Management Database (CMDB) with improved security, automation and scalability
  • Save money by automatically locating and cataloging new technologies related to network hardware, open-source middleware, storage, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and infrastructure software providers
  • Minimize application failure risks as a result of poorly constructed server clusters by introducing new server compliance thresholds
  • "Clients have trusted Equifax for more than one-hundred years to deliver innovative, high-quality solutions—and our IT organization is expected to deliver the same,” said Scott Hite, director of Technology at Equifax. “HP CMS software introduces a new category of intelligent discovery that adds tremendous value and helps support our ongoing mission of delivering the best services as quickly as possible."

    With the growing adoption of cloud computing, organizations are under increasing pressure to deliver new services and scale existing ones. The complexities of cloud-based infrastructures, coupled with a lack of infrastructure visibility, have hampered organizations’ ability to efficiently and predictably manage IT performance.

    “CMDB implementations have additional complexity when there are requirements for dependency mapping, discovery and inventory tools,” said Ronni Colville, vice president at Gartner. “A unified offering that combines the best of both could offer users a more efficient means of tracking and modeling data-center services, applications and infrastructure.”

    HP CMS v. 10 also introduces capabilities specifically for service life cycle design and IT operations within both HP Business Service Management and HP IT Service Management.

    It includes the new HP Universal Discovery offering as well as Content Pack 11, HP Universal Configuration Management Database (UCMDB), HP UCMDB Configuration Manager and HP UCMDB Browser.

    “Service disruptions within complex cloud and virtualized environments are difficult to identify and resolve,” said Shane Pearson, vice president, Product Marketing, Operations, Software, HP. “With the new enhancements to HP Configuration Management System, IT executives now have the configuration intelligence they need at their fingertips to make rapid decisions to ensure consistent business service availability.”

    HP CMS 10 is a key component of the HP IT Performance Suite, the next-generation enterprise performance software platform that enables IT management to improve performance with operational intelligence.

    HP's new CMS version 10 is available now in ten languages and sold through HP Channel Partners. Additional information about the HP CMS 10 is available at www.hp.com/go/CMS.

    HP’s premier Europe, Middle East and Africa client event, HP Discover, takes place Dec. 4 to 6, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany.

    In other IT news

    Flash memory is becoming a very essential ingredient to make servers run faster in today's busy data centers. And now Cisco has just completed a new VMware benchmark with the help of some flash storage technology.

    Cisco is working with both Fusion-io and LSI Technology to integrate their PCIe flash card products with its UCS B-Series blade servers.

    That provides its servers with their own flash memory stores which could be used as data caches or as storage memory, an extension to the server's main memory.

    Violin Memory's 6000 array is a networked shared flash array that connects to multiple servers and delivers data to them quicker than a networked disk drive array.

    VMmark is a multi-server-based benchmark for servers running VMware. It includes as part of the benchmark a variety of common platform-level workloads such as live migration of virtual machines, cloning and deploying of virtual machines, and automatic virtual machine load balancing across the datacenter.

    Cisco's UCS B-200 M3 blade server scored 11.3@10 tiles on the VMmark 2.1 benchmark, higher than other 2-socket servers from Dell, Fujitsu, HP and IBM.

    Cisco's senior marketing manager for UCS, Girish Kulkarni says "The VMmark 2.1 benchmark uses a tiled design that incorporates six real-world workloads to determine a virtualization score. It then factors vMotion, Storage vMotion, and virtual machine provisioning times to determine an infrastructure score.

    The combination of these scores is the total benchmark score." He says it's a world-record score. In the Cisco benchmark set-up, the boot images and virtual machine storage for two UCS servers with two CPU sockets each were placed on a Violin 6000 Series Flash Memory Array with 16 TB of raw flash and 8 TB of formatted capacity.

    There were Fibre Channel links between that server and the other two. The Cisco world-record VMmark claim is for 2-socket servers only. Other servers such as a pair of 4-socket HP ProLiants scored higher, at 18.27@18 tiles.

    Overall, flash arrays get data to and from servers faster than disk drive arrays. Apps in those servers then run faster.

    Source: HP.

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