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New HP Solutions Target Organizations’ Need to Standardize Technology and Adopt Flexible Sourcing Options

New HP solutions target organizations' need to standardize technology and adopt flexible sourcing options; new offerings aim to help customers change the economics of technology.

Aiming to help organizations, including financial institutions, address short-term cost reduction requirements while also building a foundation for longer-term performance, Palo Alto-based HP has announced a suite of new products, solutions and services that enable organizations to address the short-term cost reductions required today, while laying the foundation for longer-term performance. According to HP, the new hardware, software and services allow organizations to change how they produce, distribute and consume technology resources by:

- Standardizing, optimizing and automating technology to deliver short-term cost reductions;

- Prioritizing new technology investments based on business value; and

- Adopting flexible sourcing options to keep critical projects running and align costs to actual use.

New HP StorageWorks Storage-Area Network (SAN) Virtualization Solutions aim to help customers simplify the provisioning, management and optimization of virtualized server and storage environments. The new HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array 6400 and 8400 (EVA6400 and EVA8400) cut storage administration costs by up to 50 percent, according to the vendor. The enhanced HP SAN Virtualization Services Platform 2.1 (SVSP 2.1) is a network-based storage virtualization solution that increases available storage capacity. Enhanced HP Data Protector software and services provide one data protection solution for all physical and virtual environments.

As part of its Applications Management Services portfolio, EDS, an HP company, is now offering clients the option of tiered levels of service, which lower the cost of running less-critical applications while maintaining the highest service levels for critical applications. And, an enhanced suite of EDS infrastructure services aims to help reduce costs and create efficiencies while offering predictable pricing. EDS' enhanced Managed Services give clients more sourcing choices and control through a set of modular, standard packages that provide fast implementation and rapid client value. The offerings cover server and storage operations, service desk, flexible computing and managed messaging.

"Winning CIOs are focused on both strategic cost reductions and supporting long-term business growth," said Ann Livermore, executive vice president, Technology Solutions Group, HP, in a prepared statement. "It's not about spending more: Best-in-class IT organizations spend about half as much as the average company on technology as a percentage of revenue. Instead, they strategically spend and prioritize technology investments."

Katherine Burger is Editorial Director of Bank Systems & Technology and Insurance & Technology, members of UBM TechWeb's InformationWeek Financial Services. She assumed leadership of Bank Systems & Technology in 2003 and of Insurance & Technology in 1991. In addition to ... View Full Bio

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