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Many organizations have large numbers of Windows-based applications running on multiple servers, with some applications dedicated to stand-alone servers, and others distributed across various servers.  The result is inefficient utilization of server capacity in a complex environment that is difficult and costly to manage. In some cases, these servers have reached the end of their economic lives.  Also, versions of the Windows operating system may be inconsistent, creating a mix of Windows 2003, Windows 2000, and possibly Windows NT4.  Because these Windows applications are pervasive and have achieved enterprise-level importance, this complex inefficiency limits their ability to perform at maximum potential to meet the needs of the business, and drives up the overall cost of this infrastructure. 

HP Solution

There is an opportunity to re-architect Windows environments to improve server utilization and application performance, while reducing the overall cost of the infrastructure.   The HP BladeSystem provides the simplicity and flexibility that is ideal for Windows infrastructures. This modular system integrates multiple components, including blade servers, storage, and networking within a shared infrastructure controlled by common system management. Within each BladeSystem, HP offers a choice of 1-, 2-, or 4-processor ProLiant server blades, a broad selection of SAN storage support, and a range of networking options—plus the advanced management tools to fully integrate computing, storage, power, and network resources.

Benefits and Advantages

A Windows infrastructures built with HP BladeSystem solutions cost-effectively increases system availability by allowing a small pool of blades to provide redundancy and failover for multiple application stacks,  reduces the cost of adding capacity (reduction of cabling and complexity), and reduces space requirements in the data center.
The integration of HP System Insight Management (SIM) and Microsoft Operations Manager allows an organization to better manage its overall Windows environment.  The ProLiant Essentials Vulnerability and Patch Management plug-in to SIM allows an organization to continuously monitor its environment for possible vulnerabilities and determine when new patches are available for systems.  The ProLiant Essentials Performance Management Pack provides proactive management of the BladeSystem.  Use of this product allows organizations to identify potential bottlenecks related to CPU, memory, or disk usage as well as hardware configuration errors for ProLiant servers running Windows—improving service levels by identifying potential problems before they affect system availability.

All Windows-based application are supported for BladeSystem infrastructures.

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