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HP is a major player in the cloud by any definition of the word. Convergence and virtualization offerings from HP have changed the computing landscape, allowing IT departments and data centers to keep increasing capacity while maintaining or, in some cases, even lowering costs. CloudSystem 8, released for general availability in April of this year, is HP’s converged system that includes hardware and storage, both virtualized and ready to be implemented as either private cloud or general virtualized environments.

Let’s answer some of your HP CloudSystem 8-related questions:

  1. What is CloudSystem 8? CloudSystem 8 from HP is a converged infrastructure system. It includes hardware as well as nearby storage in the rack. It’s ready to go once you open the box, ready and virtualized for either general virtualized infrastructure purposes or for private cloud implementations.
  2. What hardware technology is CloudSystem 8 based on? HP’s Converged System – either 700 or 700x – is a rack of server blades, disks and network switches. This tech forms the basis of CloudSystem 8.
  3. What are the virtualization and cloud computing components in CloudSystem 8? CloudSystem 8 utilizes VMware for virtualization and it utilizes OpenStack for private cloud uses.
  4. What is Cloudsystem 8 designed to do? HP wants to be able to bring the correct combination of elements for the infrastructure together in order to be able to provide the backbone for large-scale implementations of VMware virtualization.
  5. What is CloudSystem’s position on proprietary VMware software? HP recommends that a line be drawn at the edge of the enterprise when it comes to VMware, instead relying on open APIs to make connections to the public cloud.
  6. What are some of the new developments in CloudSystem 8. The interface for CloudSystem 8 is more of a consumer-inspired interface for the end user. Utilizing OpenStack Horizon, the idea is to make it easier to administer and provision resources.

If your enterprise needs virtualization or private cloud services, CloudSystem 8 is worth taking a look at. The solutions in this line provide not only options today, but a path for the organization into the future.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.