Computer-maker HP has announced new products and services that help small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) simplify their IT infrastructure to accelerate business gains from mobile access.
The HP Converged Infrastructure portfolio has been expanded to simplify IT management for SMBs, includes new storage and network solutions that provide secure access to business applications and data via mobile devices.
HP is also offering financing and training programs that address SMBs’ end-to-end mobility challenges by enabling them to acquire the resources needed to boost business responsiveness in the evolving mobile marketplace, quickly and easily.
Robert Anderson, Research VP at Gartner, a technology research firm, said: “Mobility will soon be a normal part of every SMB workplace, as it moves from being used primarily for email to supporting critical business applications such as CRM and sales inventory.”
He added that small and mid-size businesses “must align and modernise their existing IT capabilities to take advantage of the business benefits and competitive differentiation mobility brings.”
The use of mobile devices in the workplace allows for sophisticated business and process management applications to be accessed remotely. However, SMBs traditionally have static and fragmented IT infrastructures, making it difficult to respond rapidly or efficiently to infrastructure demands driven by a mobile workforce and virtualised applications.
HP is offering new storage solutions that provide scalability, reliability and availability to handle evolving business demands. The new offerings include:
-HP StoreVirtual Storage, based on the HP LeftHand operating system and HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) technology, is a scale-out storage platform with flexible deployment models to meet the needs of the virtual IT department. The offering includes features that allow SMBs to add physical storage without disruption and the ability to simply move data across virtual or physical storage with just a few clicks, which enables IT to rapidly respond to dynamic demands of mobile users.
-HP StoreEasy Storage is a single integrated storage solution that supports file and application workloads with built-in deduplication and encryption.
Midsize businesses can no longer afford to add “just another file server” to address the explosion of unstructured data from mobile devices. Native Windows® integration enables SMBs to immediately configure and manage HP StoreEasy Storage without learning a new proprietary storage management system.
HP StoreEasy Storage supports 10,000 users in a three-unit form factor, as well as multiple workloads from a single, consolidated platform that is cost-efficient, highly-secure and reliable.
- HP Financial Services enables qualified SMBs to obtain HP solutions without payments for 90 days on lease transactions or to lease select HP equipment at a less-than-zero implicit lease rate, which provides SMBs with flexible financial solutions to cost effectively update their infrastructure.
The new HP StoreVirtual Storage 4130 and 4330 models will be available December 4, with a starting price as low as R 69,575 suggested list price. HP LeftHand Operating System 10.0 software is available at no cost for current customers on HP LeftHand P4000 G2 platforms on Dec. 4.
The HP StoreEasy Storage system will be available on December 10, with pricing starting at R46,999.00 for 8TB capacity.(2)
The HP Client Virtualisation SMB Reference Architecture for Citrix VDI-in-a-Box with Citrix Personal vDisk technology is available today.