To help company IT administrators address data storage related issues, Crescent Tech in partnership with HP introduced a number of next generation server environments that will replace legacy infrastructure, applications and processes. This was at a breakfast forum held at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi.
Due to the dynamism of the IT industry, storage in the next 10 years will be marked by unpredictability. This is one of the many reasons HP introduces on its next generation servers that allow for virtualization. This in this case will help companies come up with a strong convergence infrastructure that legacy platforms could not handle.
The convergence infrastructures are made of virtual resource pools, that group modular infrastructure of servers, storage and I/O devices into shared pools. They ensure not only servers are virtualized but also storage and network resources that are able to be shared and expanded.
Virtualization will indeed transform how business handles data storage, but again at a cost. It places new demands to the infrastructure so that they can accommodate utility storage and processes of the highest demanding IT environment.
Managing terabytes of storage it's a different story from managing a few gigabytes of data in a single PC. The reason why HP takes this opportunity to introduce servers like HP 3PAR utility storage family, which have thin processing capabilities, unique autonomic management and storage tiering features.
HP's main aim is to consolidate and modernize applications that handle data storage. They focus on having one administrator to handle several server environments in a company. This is made possible by the array of technologies embedded in their server family.
Some of these built in technologies include thermal logic, with dynamic power capping capabilities which helps to reclaim trapped power and cooling capacity in servers, and a sea of sensors that include a collection of 32 sensors used to determine the thermal activity of these servers. The end result is to cut down and utilize power in server environments.
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