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HP on Monday also enhanced the ability to cluster multiple EVA midrange arrays with a single, integrated offering based on HP's SVSP (SAN Virtualization Services Platform) that brings up to six EVA arrays or non-HP arrays into a single virtual pool of storage, Joyce said.
The new EVA clustering technology also adds such features as thin provisioning and automatic failover to both the EVA and other arrays, even if they did not have such capabilities in the past, he said.
HP also enhanced its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offering with the introduction of new software based on its LeftHand storage virtualization technology running on its blade servers.
The new P4800 software, combined with HP's blade servers, storage appliances, and networking, can be offered as part of a complete virtual desktop solution that, including the end user devices, is priced starting at $750 per seat, Joyce said.
The solution works across both VMware and Citrix virtual desktop environments, he said.
Chris Young, manager of advanced technology at Netrix, a Bannockburn, Ill.-based solution provider and HP partner, said his company is interested in testing HP's new virtual desktop solution.
Netrix has worked with LeftHand and Citrix technology for years, Young said. "That would be a very competitive solution," he said.
If HP can really offer a complete virtual desktop solution at $750, it will be big news for customers, Gulati said.
"There is no other solution at that price point," he said. "VDI has to be cheaper than buying a PC to work. We've been trying to sell VDI for two or three years. This is compelling. You can buy a PC or laptop for $750. But with VDI, customers get easier management."
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