HP Announces VMware vSphere 5 Integration
HP has announced its Converged Infrastructure cloud ecosystem will be getting expanded support for the newly announced VMware vSphere 5 platform. The potential benefits include helping HP customers simplify and secure their VMware cloud infrastructure with a single point of accountability. And more than that, HP is hyping the capabilities to turn VMware virtualization investments into hybrid clouds.
There are many, many integrations HP is preparing for the third-quarter launch of VMware vSphere 5 and its attendant solutions. But here’s a quick look at some of the key features that leverage the new vSphere 5 features, as per the official press release:
- HP Intelligent Management Center will work with the Netflow integration of vSphere 5 to give service providers granular visibility into and control over traffic between virtual machines, speeding service delivery.
- HP TippingPoint vController integrates with VMware vShield 5, ensuring security policy management, control and automation over both physical and virtual environments — a boon for those hybrid clouds I mentioned.
- HP Storage will be integrated with VMware vSphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness, giving administrators the ability to update firmware directly from the VMware vCenter control panel.
- HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server 6.3 gives a single pane-of-glass view into all IT resources, physical or virtual.
And the HP CloudSystem partner program, as well as the company’s suite of professional and deployment services, will be getting a refresh to match the new VMware vSphere environment.
TalkinCloud is looking for more clues as to how VMware vSphere 5 will fit into the cloud service provider marketplace — especially in the wake of competitor Citrix acquiring Cloud.com to build out its own cloud infrastructure business. But in the meanwhile, integration announcements such as this offer a taste of what’s likely to come.