In a move that is likely to give Cisco’s Unified Computing System a serious run for its money, Hewlett-Packard has launched a sophisticated data-center system that includes storage, networking and computing capacities all within a single unit.
The new offering which has been christened as the BladeSystem Matrix is aimed at providing a single adaptive infrastructure that can be setup with effortless ease.
HP claims that it’s new offering which ships with the Matrix Orchestration Environment management software goes a long way in simplifying data center tasks and can significantly bring down the operating costs.
It goes onto claim that companies can look forward to a potential 300 percent return on investment in a period of 3 years or more and safely hope to save nearly 80 percent in operational costs.
Explaining the reason behind the introduction of the BladeSystem Matrix , Mark Potter a senior vice president at HP mentioned "Increasingly, customers are looking for data-center solutions with Adaptive Infrastructure properties such as superior economics, application-based cost tracking, and true dynamic capacity management"
He went on to add that Matrix addresses that need and is essentially a class leading, all-in-one technology that is designed to assist the infrastructure to operate in sync with the pace of the business.
HP didn't take long to reply to Cisco's threat. There's one huge, huge unknown that will have to be taken into consideration: Sun's hardware arm. Unless Oracle decides to close it down altogether, it is likely to end up with one of the big companies - Cisco, HP, Dell, IBM or someone else - who will all of a sudden become a major player.
(Search Data Center)