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Technology drives business agility

AvantiKumar | June 22, 2011
Agility is important to business and technology transformation helps, most CEOs believe: HP Malaysia.

Anita Lim & Kok Ee Mann - HP Malaysia

(From left) Kok Ee Mann, director, technology consulting, technology service, HP Malaysia and Anita Lim, general manager, enterprise servers, storage and networking, HP Malaysia on HP's new converged infrastructure and cloud solutions.

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 JUNE 2011 - A recent survey shows that 76 per cent of CEOs believe that agility is important to business and that technology transformation could help bring this, said technology giant HP Malaysia, which announced a new converged system infrastructure approach in Malaysia.

"'The State of Agility' research conducted by Burson-Marsteller on behalf of HP, March 2011, also indicates a belief that business agility is driven to a large part by technology," said HP Malaysia general manager, enterprise servers, storage & networking, Anita Lim, during the announcement of the company's new converged system, comprising a cloud infrastructure with converged storage, systems, and alternative data centres.

"The four key industry trends are converged storage, converged systems, private-public-hybrid cloud infrastructure, and alternative data centres (such as HP's new EcoPod, which offers a portable complete data centre)," said Lim. "The Pod [performance optimised data centre] is rugged and uses 95 per cent less resources than a traditional data centre offering the same compute power. The EcoPod is especially useful to oil & gas, manufacturing and mining sectors.  HP EcoPOD offer data services in different climatic conditions, including the use of paint from NASA and can be delivered in 12 weeks whereas a traditional data centre can take two years."

"In essence, HP is announcing enhanced versions of services and product portfolios - such as HP VirtualSystem, HP CloudSystem, and HP AppSystems -  as a result of new research & development as well as acquisitions such as Vertica, which allows the real-time use of business intelligence [BI] and information management in transactional businesses like UPS through HP Vertica," she said. "The converged systems approach is an evolution from our converged infrastructure approach."


Cloud bursting

HP Malaysia director, tech consulting, technology services, Kok Ee Mann said one of the benefits offered by the new approach and portfolios included cloud bursting. "Cloud bursting is a process where one cloud offloads its workload to another cloud service seamlessly. This allows an elastic use of computing power."

"HP's delivery of hybrid cloud solutions also gives the ability to connect rapidly between different cloud and network systems," said Kok. "The service provider [cloud] market is estimated to be worth US$143 billion by 2013 in the recent quarterly survey. New customers could be engaged by service providers through such activities as hosting and cloud bursting opportunities."


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