The Context and Value of a Fully Virtualized Storage Infrastructure

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Executive Summary

HP is one of only a very few organizations today that could even attempt what is represented by the Virtualized Storage Infrastructure and its umbrella superstructure, the Converged Infrastructure. It is clearly an ambitious leap forward, but HP has historical proof points as a market leader and has the services, product portfolio, and financial wherewithal to prove that it is a horse worth betting on. As the leader in shipment numbers of servers and storage and with well over 11,000 patents, as well as massive integration experience with major applications providers (Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, etc.), the company is clearly both well positioned and in possession of the necessary clout to get things done.

Even so, the mixed approach of invention, acquisition, and partnering in order to build out the vision is likely the only practical way and as such demonstrates a pleasing pragmatism. The company's credibility to deliver actually increases when looking at the broader full infrastructure virtualization where there is already a considerable set of virtualization assets in HP's portfolio such as BladeSystem, Insight Dynamics (to manage virtual and physical servers), Virtual Connect, and the ProCurve networking products.

Co-Sponsored by: Intel

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