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The hardware producer HP and the software company that offers world's leading OS virtualization solution - Parallels formed a partnership to work on HP’s Z800 virtualization capabilities. The companies said that workstation can be configured with Parallels’ Workstation 4.0 Extreme offering to offer high-end virtualization capabilities. Parallels’ virtualization solution takes advantage of virtualization technology of Intel’s new Xeon 5500 Series “Nehalem EP” processors, inside each HP Z800.
HP and Parallels made the announcement on June 1. They will include Nvidia’s SLI Multi-OS-enabled Quadro FX graphics cards. The Parallels CEO Serguei Beloussov said that the workstation that will be offered as a configure-to-order solution from HP, is a key step in bringing high-end virtualization capabilities to the workstation space.
“After several years of deep technical engineering collaboration by HP, Intel, Nvidia and Parallels, the vision of delivering virtual workstations to the market is now a reality,” Beloussov said in a statement.HP,
"Hewlett-Packard, thanks to the acquisition of Compaq inherited what has become a pretty sophisticated set of system management tools, called Insight, that it has enhanced significantly over the years and expanded out from the ProLiant x86 and now x64 server line to HP's Itanium-based Integrity servers", says Timothy Prickett Morgan in an article published in TheRegister.co.uk.
The author says that today HP is putting some tweaks into the Insight tools in the arms race between server makers to make managing their systems easier and to also allow them to manage more than just uptime. To read more "HP gooses virtualization for servers" read the original article.
HP has begun shipping the HP StorageWorks SAN Virtualization Services Platform (SVSP). This is a network-based storage virtualization system that can migrate and manage data between midrange arrays in different SAN environments.
The SVSP pools capacity across heterogeneous storage hardware from HP and other hardware vendors. It provides users with storage services, such as online data migration, thin provisioning, and replication—including clones, snapshots, synchronous local mirroring, and asynchronous remote mirroring for disaster recovery.
"This is a storage virtualization platform for customers experiencing a proliferation of midrange storage arrays", explained HP officials.
The virtualization technology is based on a partnership with LSI. LSI's virtualization platform is the Storage Virtualization Manager, that provides virtual volume management in different environments.