Thursday, October 18, 2012

Becoming an HP Virtual Connect Believer

Does HP’s new Virtual Connect technology make you want to simultaneously yank at your hair, throw your pen, and groan in frustration? Well, that might just be me, but coming to a solid understanding of this technology was not an easy task. However, once you get it (and finally, I did!), you realize what incredible benefits this technology can bring to your data center.

Some of the features that really caught my eye are:
  1. Vendor-Agnostic – This is what I consider to be the most important feature of Virtual Connect technology. Here is one technology solution that allows you to uplink to Cisco, Brocade, HP, Juniper, Force10, QLogic…you name it! 
  2. Cost-Efficient – When HP Virtual Connect technology is used with a FlexFabric Converged Infrastructure architecture, it is proven to be the most cost-effective solution in the industry for servers needing 4 or more NIC’s in combination with 1 or more HBA.
  3. Simple – Since HP Virtual Connect technology connects server blades to LAN's and SAN's through a virtualization layer between the edge of the server and the edge of the network, it allows you to consolidate individual networking components by up to a deeply impressive 95%. 
  4. Change-Ready – Again, taking advantage of the converged infrastructure architecture provided by HP FlexFabric, HP Virtual Connect technology allows your data center to add, replace, and recover server blades on a moment’s notice.
If this doesn’t sway you to the benefits of HP Virtual Connect technology, check out our webinar on the subject, located on this page in the right-hand corner under "Have Questions?". All I know is, regardless of who’s selling what product to whom, I’m a believer in HP Virtual Connect.

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