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HP opens up Cloud to Kenyan SMEs

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 – Kenyan Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are set to benefit from new plans by Hewlett Packard (HP) to upgrade its cloud computing infrastructure which will allow clients to access the clouds much faster and efficiently.

The new solution is expected to deliver integrated, validated solutions for SMEs, enterprise and cloud environments and client virtualisation.

Announcing the new plans at this year’s VMworld 2010, HP said its agreement with VMware will deliver a new virtualisation solution, reference architectures and IT services to help customers accelerate cloud computing deployment and IT as a service.

According to Ken Mbwaya, the Managing Director Hewlett Packard (HP) East Africa, the new solution will help its customers to better control and manage the physical and virtual aspects of cloud infrastructure.

VMware and HP are creating an integrated, comprehensive cloud infrastructure solution combining the new VMware vCloud™ Director with the HP BladeSystem Matrix and HP Cloud Maps.

Mr Mbwaya said the HP Cloud Map for VMware vCloud Director can be directly imported into customers’ Matrix environments to rapidly deploy new VMware vCloud infrastructure.

“Through the integration of Matrix and VMware vCloud Director, customers can easily scale virtualized resource pools to quickly adjust to changing business demands. The integration will be available as a technology preview by the end of the year.”

He also said the new HP Insight Control extension for VMware vCenter™ Server, will also assist clients to optimize their IT environments and reduce complexity with better management”

“HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server delivers HP hardware management capabilities to virtualisation administrators, enabling comprehensive monitoring, remote control and power optimisation directly from the VMware vCenter Server console.

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On the other hand, under the agreement, HP will provide consulting, integration and support services for customers deploying VMware virtualisation software within an HP Converged Infrastructure framework.

The new services, which are available today at HP, will accelerate customers’ transition to the cloud by enabling data center consolidation and virtual desktop deployment:

“With a combined physical and virtual view, clients can reduce server sprawl by monitoring status and performance of virtual machines and the underlying host systems that support them from a single pane of glass. Integrated troubleshooting, powerful remote control and proactive power management further simplify data center operations while reducing risk and power costs,” said Mr Mbwaya.

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