HP reveals improved portfolio

IT leviathan HP today announced its latest hardware and solutions available in the Middle East during a roundtable discussion in Dubai.

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By  Duncan MacRae Published  February 14, 2007

IT leviathan HP today announced its latest hardware and solutions available in the Middle East during a roundtable discussion in Dubai. The latest additions to its portfolio include storage offerings to help enterprise customers consolidate, virtualise and secure their storage environments, as well as a new version of the HP-UX 11i operating system and entry-class servers. Enhancements have been made to the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array, the first embedded switch from Cisco for HP Blade System, a new network-attached storage (NAS) gateway and advanced data encryption for HP Data Protector Software. According to HP, each of these products helps to address the increased need for unifying and managing direct-attach, NAS and storage –area network (SAN) resources that accompany the significant growth in corporate data centres. “In the past ten years, businesses have experienced exceptional growth of data and the trend is expected to continue for years to come,” said Philip Sargeant, managing vice president of storage research at Gartner Dataquest. “To deal with this data proliferation, end users are increasingly relying on consolidation and virtualisation to maintain the most cost-effective and manageable storage environments.” Ashraf Helmy, marketing manager for StorageWorks at HP Middle East, said: “HP storage consolidation and virtualisation products and services enable customers to remain flexible, reduce complexity and lower the total cost of ownership in their IT environments. “We’re helping customers build easy-to-manage next-generation data centres with our broad portfolio of adoptive infrastructure hardware, software and services.” HP also says the latest release of its strategic UNIX operating environment, HP-UX 11i v3, makes virtualisation easier to deploy. Important applications, including business intelligence and data warehousing, are now simpler to secure and manage. “The offerings introduced today help HP to deliver greater value and benefits in areas that customers care most about,” explained Yasser Ragaei, business manager for enterprise servers at HP Middle East. “Our latest HP-UX release, server offerings and channel programmes bring mission-critical virtualisation to a broader range of customers moving toward a 24/7 lights-out, next generation data centre,” Ragei added.

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