HP Unleashes 12 New Enterprise Products At HP Discover

A New Style Of IT

HP upped the ante in its bid to drive a new style of IT with a blizzard of breakthrough products from the first-ever 100 percent liquid-cooled supercomputer to a new thin- client lineup including the embedded thin-client Linux-based operating system the HP ThinPro 5.0. Here are 12 new HP enterprise offerings that solution providers can leverage to drive a new style of IT for customers.

An Apollo Liftoff

HP's new Apollo 8000 high-performance computing system is the first 100 percent liquid-cooled supercomputer. HP said it has solved the liquid-cooling conundrum with new patented technologies that drive big savings in power and cooling. The U.S. National Renewable Energy Labs already is using the Apollo 8000 to save an estimated $1 million per year. A liquid-cooled Apollo 8000 has 144 servers per rack. The Apollo 8000 is targeted at the most demanding high-performance computing applications.

Apollo 6000 Supercharges Silicon Design

The Apollo 6000 system, which can accommodate up to 160 servers per rack, also is delivering dramatic savings in operating expenses and energy efficiency. In fact, Intel is seeing up to a 35 percent performance increase in its electronic silicon design automation application workloads with 5,000 new Intel based Apollo systems it has deployed. The Apollo 6000 will be attractive to solution providers serving the financial services and CAD/CAM design markets.

HP's OneView Automation Hub

HP promises that its new OneView software Automation Hub will drive six times faster provisioning for its Shark ConvergedSystems. In fact, HP's own testing showed that the new OneView 1.10 with the Automation Hub software reduced the time it takes to deploy 32 server clusters on HP ProLiant Blades with 3Par 7200 storage arrays and Brocade switches from 16 hours of an IT administrator's time to just 2.5 hours. "The real differentiator is software," said HP Senior Vice President Tom Joyce. "You cannot create a hardware bundle that does what the combination of Sharks and HP OneView will do."

HP's Converged System 300 And 700 OneView Advantage

OneView version 1.10 marks the first time that HP has leveraged the converged software defined management platform to completely automate HP compute, networking and storage including HP 3Par storage arrays on its Shark ConvergedSystems. To that end, HP has combined OneView with its ConvergedSystem 300 and 700 Shark Virtualization systems. HP said the software addition reduces IT operational expenses by up to three times and provides two times the performance of comparable offerings.

HP Virtual Cloud Networking SDN Application

HP is stepping up its Helion OpenStack cloud offensive with an HP Virtual Cloud Networking SDN Application. The new software, which is designed specifically for Helion, paves the way for solution providers to automate network service, allowing SDN-enabled applications to be rapidly deployed to thousands of users. HP Senior Vice President Antonio Neri said the offering is a sign of HP's commitment to modernize customer networks as they transition to the cloud. "Cloud as it's meant to be can't be accomplished without SDN," he said.

HP FlexFabric Data Center 7900 Switch

The software-defined networking war is in full swing. HP's latest weapon: the SDN-enabled 7900 DataCenter switch series, which creates a cloud- and SDN-ready infrastructure. HP said the 7900 speeds workload mobility for VMware vSphere vMotion by up to 80 percent. What's more, HP said the 7900's compact modular form factor reduces cost and complexity up to 75 percent.

Virtual Machine Pricing For HP DataCenter Care

HP is taking its Enhanced DataCenter Care Flexible Capacity offering to a new level with the ability to meter and price usage by virtual machine. That's a big breakthrough given just how prevalent VMware is in corporate accounts.

HP is also now offering seamless integration between on-premise systems and public cloud resources in a single pool by providing access to the HP Helion Public Cloud. Key to that is simplified billing for both on-premise and public cloud metering.

The flexible capacity pay-as-you-go model is finding a big following among a growing number of solution providers transforming themselves into service providers.

Faster, Faster, Faster: 3Par All-Flash Array With Dedupe

HP gave its all-flash HP 3Par StoreServ 7450 array a major software upgrade and added new SSDs, which together provide a significant boost in performance and reduction in space needed to store data.

New to the 3Par StoreServ 7450 is hardware-accelerated in-line primary deduplication which, along with new thin cloning software, cuts the space required to store data by about 75 percent without impacting performance, according to HP.

HP also is offering new high-density 1.9-TB cMLC NAND-based SSDs, which the company said brings the cost of flash-based storage to below $2 per GB. HP guarantees six nines, or 99.9999-percent, availability, for the new array.

Simplifying Data Protection

HP enhanced its backup, recovery and archiving solutions with the HP StoreOnce Federated Catalyst, a new solution the company said cuts management overhead significantly by combining all backup and archiving devices into a single pool of up to 17 petabytes of space, all managed with a single window.

The goal, according to HP, is to provide automation to cut the amount of time backup administrators spend on data protection and archiving and let them spend their time on more productive tasks.

The HP StoreOnce Federated Catalyst is being introduced first with the HP StoreOnce 6500 backup appliance, with the StoreOnce 6200 getting the capability soon, followed by other devices.

Flexible Thin Client

HP expanded its reach in the thin-client and virtual desktop market with the introduction of its t520 Flexible Series thin client device which the company is targeting at such businesses as call centers, retail, financial services and manufacturing.

The new HP t520 features a fanless design, and measures about 20 percent smaller than the company's earlier model, the t510. However, it offers 14 percent higher performance thanks to its AMD GX-212JC SOC processor and SATA flash drive interface, HP said.

All-in-One Zero Client

What's "thinner" than a thin client? How about a zero client.

HP's new t310 all-in-one zero client works in VMware environments as a remote Windows or cloud device. Its features the Teradici PCoIP (PC-over-IP) technology, which is also embedded in Amazon WorkSpaces, VMware Horizon DaaS and VMware Horizon View.

The t310 is a fanless device built into a 23-inch display, and comes with keyboard and mouse for use in small workspaces. It is targeted at health-care, financial services, government, retail and education environments.

New Thin-Client OS

HP also updated its embedded thin-client Linux-based operating system, the HP ThinPro 5.0, with a new user interface and the ability to allow users to easily move between the HP ThinPro OS and the HP Smart Zero Core.

With the new ThinPro 5.0 operating system, users can move between HP thin clients and HP zero clients, customize their desktops, manage the system with automatic or USB key updates, and set restore points for security and easy configuration, the company said.