HP announced new Business Technology Optimization (BTO) software for virtualization to help customers minimize business service risk and lower costs.
In addition, the company announced an agreement with Red Hat to jointly develop integrated solutions that simplify the monitoring and management of heterogeneous IT environments.
Virtualization presents unique management challenges for customers due to the increased complexity and dynamic nature of virtual environments. Furthermore, the proliferation of virtual machines can lead to performance degradation.
To address these problems, HP’s new Business Service Management (BSM) and IT Service Management (ITSM) virtualization capabilities optimize the performance of virtual infrastructures, balance the ratio of physical to virtual machines, and ensure appropriate control of virtual machine environments.
In addition, building on HP’s automated configuration management virtualization solutions, the ITSM solution helps customers control costs and provide increased visibility into data center resources.
“Infrastructure boundaries are becoming more ambiguous, and the addition of virtual machines (VMs) to data centers already leveraging other virtualization technologies, such as storage area networks, virtual LANs and so on, can make knowing where the problem exists harder to identify and possibly remediate, resulting in higher costs and potential impacts to service quality,” said Cameron Haight, industry analyst, Gartner.
New HP BTO Software virtualization offerings
New HP BTO Software virtualization capabilities are now available through HP Operations Center, HP Business Availability Center, HP Network Management Center, and HP Service Management Center. Unlike specialty tools that only monitor either physical or virtual environments, HP solutions manage across both environments.
– HP Operations Agent, HP Performance Agent and HP SiteScope – New enhancements add hypervisor management capabilities. For example, the ability to collect management data from all key virtual machine hypervisors, and then use that data to automate event and availability monitoring and management processes across heterogeneous infrastructures.
– HP Network Node Manager i-series – Monitors performance and availability of networks supporting dynamic virtualized environments. In addition, these products allow proactive planning and monitoring of network capacity, as well as network interface cards, for virtualized environments.
– HP Asset Manager – Allows customers to identify and manage virtual machine inventory and licenses, so they can plan for future resource allocations while reducing costs.
With HP solutions unifying the management of both virtual and physical technology environments, customers can now experience comprehensive service monitoring, faster problem isolation and more reliable application diagnostics. In addition, companies can consolidate, simplify and standardize traditional and virtual technology assets.
New collaboration with Red Hat
Building on strategic collaborations with VMware and Microsoft, HP Software will also work with Red Hat on joint product development and integration efforts to help customers seamlessly automate the management of heterogeneous environments, including management of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.
“Virtualization technology delivers a quantum step in IT operational flexibility, speed of deployment, and application performance and availability.
Virtualization allows IT managers to deliver more to their customers while gaining control of their costs,” said Katrinka McCallum, vice president, Management Solutions, Red Hat. “We look forward to working with HP Software to develop new solutions to meet the needs of our joint customers.”
“We see many companies in Asia Pacific with virtualization platforms from multiple vendors, which often leads to increased complexity and spiraling management costs,” said Anthony McMahon, vice president, HP Software, Asia Pacific & Japan.
“HP’s new BSM solutions provide greater visibility and control over multi-vendor virtual and physical environments, enabling CIOs to take advantage of virtualization to improve business services.”