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INFOTECH: Servers Provide Technology Solutions


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The current unstable economic climate provides business leaders with constant challenges to finding new and innovative solutions to increase productivity while reducing costs. Operating in a congested marketplace means that organisations need to maintain a competitive edge and they are looking to leverage technology to achieve this.

Leading IT Infrastructure Distributor, Axiz’s Jim Holland, Axiz Category Manager – HP Enterprise, believes that the answer has to be custom made solutions that demonstrate the fastest possible return on investment for customers. In a research study undertaken earlier this year it was founded that 84 percent of senior business leaders believed that innovation was critical to their organisation’s success. HP ProLiant new generation servers are embracing the innovation requirements of businesses and are aiding companies in increasing system performance and delivering more value.

HP ProLiant servers advance clients towards a converged infrastructure providing modular and standards-based building blocks. HP ProLiant servers are part of the HP Converged Infrastructure portfolio, which integrates servers, storage, network devices and facility resources into a common environment, allowing IT to rapidly respond to business demands.

Providing organisations with innovative server performance capabilities that are aimed at any operating business, from a single user to large data centres, these new generation servers are able to provide a tailor-made solution. The HP ProLiant servers provide customers with an infrastructure that can be easily upgraded as additional storage space is required. While also reducing energy costs and helping organisations to meet their energy conservation goals.

Holland says that in January this year HP identified virtualisation as one of the leading server trends for 2010. HP predicted that companies would continue to apply virtualisation throughout their infrastructure in ways that we could only have imagined a few years ago. BladeSystem, HP’s blade server technology, is designed to share components between enclosures, making it fast and easy to create, customize and grow. The HP ProLiant servers Virtual Connect Technology enables the splitting of one network port into 4 logical ports, allowing users to fine-tune network speeds and reduce the amount of cables and physical switches on the network. The bottleneck that occurs on input and output is also addressed with the user being able to control bandwidth and allow optimum use of the server applications. Virtual Connect is a major innovation for customers because it provides a better way for IT to work together and offers benefits to all parties involved, without the traditional compromises. It is simply the best way to connect servers to network LANs and SANs for the lowest costs and least amount of power.

“There is no doubt that we will continue to see virtualisation grow and its impact on server technology as companies reap the benefits of declining acquisition costs and move towards meeting employees flexible working needs’” exclaims Holland.

HP ProLiant servers include Thermal Logical Technology that provides triple server capacity with dynamic power capping abilities that reclaim trapped power and cooling capacity by safely “capping” server power consumption. Up to 32 sensors adjust the fan speeds and only powers slots that are in use. Efficiency is increased up to 92 percent with common power slots, reducing spares with standardised form factors and “right-size” to match capacity.

A comprehensive set of embedded technologies and flexible tools have been included in the HP ProLiant servers to maximise the productivity of the IT infrastructure. HP Insight Control software has been included allowing management of physical and virtual servers on site or remotely. Managing server health, deploying and migrating servers quickly, optimising power consumption and performance is possible.

New Generation Servers are available in South Africa, and as Holland explains, “pricing is no longer a straight forward answer, as a server is now a business operating solution and the pricing is based on the solution offering.”

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