Hewlett Packard (HP) is hoping that its Essentials Value Packs will attract further ProLiant server sales by maximising uptime and simplifying remote deployment.
The ProLiant Essentials Recovery Server Option (RSO) Pack creates a simple recovery function between two servers, with one acting as the recovery system.
The Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack, which automates the deployment and provisioning of server software, now has full Linux support.
ProLiant Essentials software was introduced earlier this year to provide optional extensions for specific customer needs, adding to the general capabilities built into HP's adaptive infrastructure software.
The RSO Pack assigns one system as the recovery server onto which it establishes an active standby configuration. If a fatal fault occurs on the primary server, the recovery system will take over automatically.
By this means, companies can get higher availability at lower cost for non-clustered systems.
The Rapid Deployment Pack is now more closely integrated with HP's Remote Insight Lights Out products for managing servers remotely. Users can browse a remote server console as though directly connected during deployment.
The upgraded software now provides fully automated deployment of Red Hat Linux 7.3, plus improved support for SuSE Linux and Red Hat's Linux Enterprise Server 7.0.
Both software packs are available immediately. The ProLiant Essentials RSO Pack is priced from around £590 and the Rapid Deployment Pack from £80.
The Essentials Foundation Pack, provided with each system, has also been upgraded. A new homepage provides a window on system health through critical management information.
Major subsystem faults will now be reported on the homepage with drill-down to system elements such as operating systems, storage utilisation and logs.
Version 5.5 of SmartStart, a key part of the Foundation Pack used for optimising system configuring and server set-up, includes extra supported servers and tools.
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