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Virtualization beyond IT

Starting with a lifecycle approach, HP virtualization services enable customers to implement large or small virtualization projects that cater to business needs.

Virtualization beyond IT

While many IT teams look at virtualization from a device or system perspective, Ewald Comhaire suggests an alternate approach. The Director of HP’s Infrastructure and Service Management Practice recommends that they consider virtualization from a service viewpoint.

“Many unwittingly hide virtualization as an IT project,” Comhaire says. “They think of it primarily in server or device terms. In doing so, they effectively shelter the full benefits of virtualization from the rest of their business.”

He says IT teams have an opportunity to reap the rewards of virtualizing their entire data center solution stack— including storage systems, networks, clients, servers, firewalls, applications and business services—if they can only broaden their perspective and seek some assistance.

“By taking a strategic lifecycle approach, organizations stand to boost the people and process benefits of virtualization in addition to the IT benefits,” Comhaire explains. “But first, they should consider virtualization from the service level down instead of from the technology level up.”

He points to HP services that help establish, implement and maintain a strategic lifecycle approach to virtualization and consolidation. These services are designed to help build an accurate picture of an organization’s existing IT systems and services, determine the desired end state and create a roadmap for getting there.

“The best solution for virtualizing a service might be to deploy VMware on a set of servers, or it might be to build a shared database service using an Oracle® cluster with instances stacked on physical or virtual partitions. In fact, organizations don’t necessarily need virtualization at the server level to get virtualization at the IT service level,” Comhaire notes. “The best practice is to identify the goals and service levels required to meet the needs of the business first, and then design the most effective infrastructure that meets those objectives.”

HP services can build a full understanding of storage, network and compute workloads and establish which ones are good targets for virtualization. HP infrastructure experts can then help determine which workloads to virtualize on the same physical resources, considering the alignment of utilization rates (low with high) and maintenance requirements.

While these services are comprehensive and highly customized, Comhaire adds that HP also offers services for those seeking smaller virtualization projects.

“We always recommend a holistic, service-level approach to get the most out of virtualization, but for those wanting to start small,” Comhaire says, “we offer planning and design services at fixed prices.”

These services are perfect for organizations seeking to virtualize one or two applications, he suggests. Pricing depends on the number of systems and applications being virtualized and how many sites are involved.


HP can help with a global support and management process—across technologies— that enables IT teams to implement, manage and optimize physical and virtual resources together, in the same way.

Once a virtualization strategy has been devised and implemented, HP can provide support and education services to maximize long-term value. The company offers training on how to use virtualization technologies. And given the heterogeneous nature of many environments, HP can help with a global support and management process—across technologies— that enables IT teams to implement, manage and optimize physical and virtual resources together, in the same way.

“Few vendors offer the full set of capabilities and services to support HP, Microsoft®, VMware and Citrix virtualization technologies in a heterogeneous environment,” Comhaire claims. “HP is uniquely poised to support the virtualization lifecycle consistently across these technology implementations, helping our customers get the most out of their IT systems and services.”


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Table of contents

Introduction

» Virtual for all the right reasons

Strategies

» The green standard
» Common Ground: Turning distress into ‘de-stress’

Feature

» Rethinking virtualization
» From IT tool to business enabler
» Virtualization beyond IT
» Built for virtualization
» IT leasing makes sense in tough times

Experiences

» The perfect virtual fit
» Selective outsourcing
» HP fuels The Indy Racing Experience
» Stepping up to service delivery
» The power of partnership
» Dressed for success

Solutions

» Pick-and-choose-support
» Getting the most out of outsourcing
» Teaching the data center to think green
» Storage briefs
» Data deduplication eases storage headaches

Technologies

» Mission-critical blades now available
» Taming the wild petabyte
» PDM moves up
» New 8P server addresses capacity, growth needs
» Storage for all sizes
» A SAN for all reasons
» Security without walls
» Putting petabytes to work for your company

Supplement

» The great leap forward
» Puzzled by power?
» The partner portfolio
» Server management simplified
» Two worlds as one
» The better road to open source
» Two blade servers in one
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