HP has overhauled its Virtual Server Environment (VSE) software as part of an ongoing attempt to lure Sun users onto its server platforms. (See HP Unveils Virtualization Software.)
VSE, which is used to control virtual machines running on Integrity servers, is now being pushed to the forefront of the vendor's virtualization efforts, according to Ute Albert, marketing manager in HP's Enterprise Storage and Server (ESS) division. "Customers have been taking really large scale advantages of virtualization," she explains, adding that this calls for a greater level of server management.
Specifically, HP has added a feature called Capacity Advisor to VSE, which can import data collected from Sun servers into VSE. "This allows you to plan the consolidation from Sun servers to Integrity servers," says Albert, adding that users making this move have been worth about $1 billion to HP since 2004.
The idea here is that users can compile data on their existing server workloads and then use this to simulate what the same workloads would look like on Integrity servers running HP-UX, Windows, and Linux.
The last few years have not been the easiest for Sun, which has had to undergo job losses and massive internal restructuring following a tough financial spell for the company. (See Is Sun Setting? and Sun Loses $760M in Q3.) Despite an upswing in Sun's overall performance, HP continues to target its server customers. (See Sun Slips on Storage.) "Virtualization is a hot topic for customers," says Albert. "Sun recognized that pretty late."