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Posted by Clarence Villanueva on June 7, 2011
Today HP announced its new Converged Infrastructure solutions. The solutions include four offerings which are designed to help the enterprise IT organization with a one-stop shop for cloud and data storage solutions.
This move by HP offers a fix to the problem many IT organizations are facing: options abound in the marketplace for data center hosting/management, on-demand bursting capabilities, and cloud solutions. It can be confusing. HP packages these offerings up nicely to offer an end-to-end solution with a common management platform. HP's consulting services complements this and can even offer an upgrade path to move to a private/public/hybrid cloud. I believe the new Converged Infrastructure solution should help cut down on managing multiple vendors and move to a more consolidated and integrated approach, with faster deployment times.
However, the picture is not that simple as many complications arise around contractual performance metrics and SLAs. If the main idea of these offerings is speed-to-market, I'd specifically look into the following SLA considerations as you're preparing your business case and/or negotiations:
Is your organization looking into HP's Converged Infrastructure? I’m interested in hearing your experiences with this and what SLAs your team is thinking about negotiating.
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