HP has unveiled new tools to virtualise networking and storage in cloud computing environments, making it simpler to move virtual machines and their data within and even between datacentres.
The new tools, part of HP's Converged Infrastructure portfolio, comprise a virtual storage appliance that can be moved around to follow the virtual machines that use it, along with updates to its switches adding virtual connect capability to extend layer 2 domains across datacentres, plus multi-tenancy support across those networks.
HP said that the new software is designed to address the problems encountered when customers start to adapt their legacy infrastructure towards a more heterogeneous model capable of operating as a cloud.
Moving virtual machine workloads around can turn out to require hundreds of complex, device-level configuration steps, for example, while storage is often tied into physical hardware in a fixed location.
"Clients are seeking a more flexible virtualised environment that enables mobility of virtual machines and data services across the enterprise," said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president for Networking at HP.
To address the storage problem, HP's StoreVirtual virtual storage appliance (VSA) is designed to create a storage pool using x86 servers and their local storage, allowing for co-location of virtualised applications and shared storage.
HP claims the StoreVirtual VSA is the only tool of its kind that can run on any x86 hardware and span both VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments.
The virtual appliance will be available worldwide in September, with a starting price of $700 (£447) per licence when purchased in multi-licence packs, HP said.
Meanwhile, HP's Ethernet Virtual Interconnect (EVI) enables a software‑defined networking (SDN) infrastructure, virtualising the layer 2 network domain across the datacentre and also enabling customers to interconnect up to eight geographically dispersed datacentres.
This will be delivered as a software upgrade for HP's FlexFabric core switches, and is expected sometime later this year.
Also available as part of the software upgrade is HP Multitenant Device Context (MDC) support, which enables multi-tenancy operation on networks using FlexFabric switches.
This enables customers to segment each FlexFabric unit into four virtual switches, with each logical switch supporting its own tenants and complete separation of control planes, data planes and forwarding capabilities between them.
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