"For the first time we're able to give folks a wire-once, change-ready infrastructure that connects to both LANs and SANs," Ganthier says. "You can connect to Fibre Channel, Ethernet and iSCSI, all with one device. Any connection, any network. And you can do it at any speed. We've got two 10GB ports, but you can now carve up those ports into four separate bands and assign priorities to them."
In other server news, HP's BladeSystem Matrix software is now integrated with HP's server automation technology to enable self-service provisioning of applications.
BladeSystem Matrix is software for provisioning blade servers with the corresponding storage and network connections. Integrated capacity planning tools let users adjust their infrastructure as business requirements change. The new version of HP BladeSystem Matrix also features automated storage tiering, which assigns storage based on application performance and availability requirements.
"BladeSystem Matrix allows you to provision everything from the boxes to the power to cooling, all the way to the application," Mayer says.
On the power management front, HP unveiled software that's designed to automate energy monitoring and control across the data center and eliminate unnecessary over-provisioning. HP Intelligent Power Discovery can collect and analyze data related to power usage from sources across the data center. The software culls data from IT systems, as well as third-party facility management tools (such as nlyte Software's data center management software and Eaton Corporation's Foreseer facilities software).
With the software, IT pros can view a real-time, graphical map of energy usage across servers and facilities. HP Intelligent Power Discovery also provides a view of each server's physical location, the server rack and an analysis of power, thermal and electrical configurations. The software can automatically verify power redundancy and identify equipment connections to prevent errors and potential circuit overloads.
Upgrades to HP's storage software are focused on simplifying data deduplication. Instead of requiring companies to deploy multiple products to tackle dedupe on different applications and platforms, the new HP StoreOnce can be deployed at multiple points in a converged infrastructure, reducing the number of times data has to be deduplicated.
StoreOnce is a single, unified deduplication architecture that companies can use on backup clients virtual appliances, inline appliances, and scale-out storage systems, Mayer says. Designed by HP Labs, the company's research arm, this new class of deduplication software can improve data management efficiency and performance, she says.