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HP Looks For Virtual Ground on Sun

With virtualization fast becoming required technology in the datacenter sprawl arena, high-tech purveyors can hardly afford to relax in the face of fierce competition.

To help assert itself in the market, HP  today said it has enhanced its Virtual Server Environment (VSE) software, which partitions several HP-UX, Windows and Linux virtual machines on one physical machine. It includes new features to help customers migrate from Sun Sparc servers to HP Integrity servers.

HP's Integrity Essentials Capacity Advisor has been retooled to grab performance information from Sun Sparc servers, incorporate the info and make recommendations about how many servers are needed if admins move data from Sun servers to Integrity servers, said Nick van der Zweep, director of virtualization at HP.

The Capacity Adviser also now employs trending capabilities that let customers simulate future usage patterns when planning consolidations for HP-UX, Windows and Linux.

Van der Zweep also said the automation capabilities that shift resources from one applications to another in VSE can now turn on and off HP-owned CPUs to meet service levels.

For example, Integrity Essentials Global Workload Manager specifies which workloads can automatically access spare capacity while Global Instant Capacity allows hardware usage rights to be transferred among systems to serve business needs.

HP also issued a new edition of HP Serviceguard to bring high availability to Linux-based applications running in virtual machines for VMware software on HP ProLiant servers and HP Integrity Virtual Machines on HP Integrity servers.

For example, even though Linux is running as a guest within VMware or Integrity virtual machines, the applications within each are protected; in case the virtual machine fails, ServiceGuard will move that application to another Integrity server or HP ProLiant blade server within the datacenter.

Finally, HP today introduced the HP Partner Virtualization Program to allow independent software vendors (ISV) to build, test and tune applications in a virtualized environment.

Specifically, the program lets ISVs use HP ProLiant and HP Integrity servers to test applications running in HP-UX 11i, Microsoft Windows, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments virtualized by software from HP and partners such as VMware. ISVs can then publish their applications in an online catalog to share with customers.

HP's latest moves underscore the competition in the server market, which includes HP rivals IBM , Dell  and Sun . All of these vendors are infusing virtualization technologies into their computers for datacenters.

For example, Van der Zweep said that HP has migrated $1 billion of infrastructure from Sun to HP infrastructure since 2004.

He acknowledged that virtualization is a key factor in shaping HP's Adaptive Infrastructure strategy for improving IT services to better serve the business needs.