Virtualization with Hyper-V and HP Servers

Ready Set Go

Virtualization is the green light to cutting costs “We have been thinking about taking the virtualization step for sometime”, many small and midsize businesses tell us. For good reason, virtualization is the biggest step you can take to cutting costs.

The first and most obvious benefit is you are now dealing with fewer physical machines. You can assign a number of virtual machines to every physical machine. Depending on your individual case, it can be as high as nine virtual instances to one physical.

So you have much lower power consumption and reduced cooling costs. In some business cases, for every dollar spent on hardware, you are spending eight more on maintenance. Fewer physical machines mean fewer physical components that need power and cooling along with fewer parts. This means less maintenance is needed. Furthermore, a virtual machine does not have to be purchased and assembled, saving you a lot of time on deployment. The summary of all these (initial) savings: Virtualization saves you time and money.

If you want to judge for yourself, check out our ROI calculator and then discover why so many businesses are saying, “Yes, we are ready to Go!”

Discover for yourself how virtualization can lower the costs for your specific business, with Microsoft’s ROI calculator at: www.microsoft.com/virtualization/why/roi/default.mspx

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Frontline Partnership

With HP and Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V™ you’ll have the guidance you need to quickly and cost-effectively virtualize your infrastructure.

You want to know that virtualization will be simple, easy and effective from start to finish. HP and Microsoft give you the green light to make your move with HP ProLiant G6 servers powered by Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 series, along with HP StorageWorks and HP LeftHand P4000 SANs— and running Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 with Hyper-V™ technology.

Did you know that Microsoft developed Hyper-V on HP ProLiant and StorageWorks? So you are really working with products designed to work seamlessly and perfectly together from day one.

All systems go!

Get the green light on a hardware and software combination that you can trust.

HP and Microsoft management tools compliment and extend one another. This work will continue in R2 and will simplify the management of configurations designed to take advantage of new features in Window Server 2008 R2 like Live Migration.

Along every step of the way, you have the support of the HP/Microsoft Frontline Partnership and your local Frontline Partners

Your Frontline Partner is a value-added reseller, skilled in both HP and Microsoft technologies and here to help you.

Leaping forward with the new generation of G6 servers

The more virtual machines you have inside physical ones, the more costs you can potentially cut. The new portfolio of HP ProLiant G6 servers combined with new Insight Software offerings gives you the power and performance to aim for high ratios of virtual instances to physical. Powered by Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series, they automatically adjust server performance according to your application demands. You’ll gain maximum performance when you need it and big energy savings.

Key features

• HP Thermal Logic delivers savings that go beyond previous generations of servers.

• HP ProLiant Onboard Administrator is built into every server, providing secure HP Integrated Lights-Out 2 remote control and power management.

• HP Insight Control for Microsoft System Center works hand-in-hand with System Center Virtual Machine Manager to provide proactive virtual machine management.

• Hyper-V works seamlessly on your systems, allowing you to run multiple applications.

• Intel Intelligent Power Technology reduces energy costs by automatically putting the processor and memory into the most efficient states while meeting performance requirements.

• Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series delivers up to 9x the performance of a single-core server, enabling 9:1 consolidation that can reduce costs by up to 90%.*

Go left for a low-cost SAN solution

Take the fast and wide left lane, and sidestep any SAN storage concerns you may have, with HP LeftHand P4000 SAN Solutions. P4000 SANs offer an all-inclusive feature set for enterprise-level storage solutions.

• Storage clustering consolidates multiple storage nodes into pools of storage. Network RAID stripes and mirrors multiple copies of data across a cluster of storage nodes, eliminating any single point of failure in the HP P4000 SAN. Thin provisioned volumes, snapshots, clones and remote copies increase capacity and reduce overall cost.

• The combination of HP LeftHand P4000 SAN and Microsoft Live Migration provide a well balanced easy to manage environment that allows customers to have a dynamic environment with high availability.

• Configuration changes without incurring downtime. It’s a quick and easy step with HP SAN/IQ software Avoid both upfront costs and potential performance constraints down the road. Purchase only what’s needed today, then grow the performance, capacity and redundancy of your HP LeftHand P4000 SAN online as storage requirements evolve.

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Microsoft and HP
your leading lights

•  HP ProLiant and Microsoft Hyper-V work together HP ProLiant G6 servers, HP StorageWorks products and Microsoft Hyper-V are designed to work together. HP and Microsoft also provide detailed configuration and sizing information to help customers deploy Hyper-V quickly and with minimal risk.

• Simple license management with Hyper-V There‘s no need to purchase an additional license from a third-party provider for virtualization software or manage the license. Hyper-V is integrated into the Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter Editions. The license terms, especially with the Enterprise and Datacenter Editions, make it easy to quickly introduce Hyper-V virtualization into the company because they include licenses for additional operating systems for your virtual machines. Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V is available via the HP Reseller Option Kit (ROK), pre-installed or drop-in-the-box options on your HP ProLiant Server (www.hp.com/go/proliantwindows), through HP Software Licensing and Management Solutions SLMS (www.hp.com/go/slms), or through your FLP reseller who can advise you on additional volume licensing options and programs.

• HP Insight Software and Microsoft System Center work together HP Insight Control for Microsoft System Center is a brand new offering that delivers fully integrated management of physical and virtual servers. For those not requiring an enterprise-class application, HP management packs are also available free of charge. Familiar tools and integrated management Hyper-V is completely integrated into the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Administrators can leverage their existing Windows skills when using the supplemental management technologies from HP and Microsoft to manage Hyper-V. There’s no steep learning curve for new or unfamiliar technology.

• Lower TCO, maximize ROI By consolidating servers, reducing power consumption, and simplifying management, Microsoft virtualization can help you cut costs. Using Hyper-V with HP and Microsoft management solutions is simple and easy to understand, resulting in increased IT efficiency. Extensive training is not required for administrators, which helps to keep initial investment costs low. Virtualization helps you squeeze every bit of productivity out of your server infrastructure, so every dollar counts.

• Qualified consultancy and services Whether you want to virtualize a single application, a single desktop or a complete server farm, with HP and Microsoft technologies all scenarios can be accommodated. Your Frontline Partner brings to you qualified consultancy and a broad portfolio of services to implement and deploy virtualization technologies.

• Familiar tools and integrated management Hyper-V is completely integrated into the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Administrators can leverage their existing Windows skills when using the supplemental management technologies from HP and Microsoft to manage Hyper-V. There’s no steep learning curve for new or unfamiliar technology.

• Lower TCO, maximize ROI By consolidating servers, reducing power consumption, and simplifying management, Microsoft virtualization can help you cut costs. Using Hyper-V with HP and Microsoft management solutions is simple and easy to understand, resulting in increased IT efficiency. Extensive training is not required for administrators, which helps to keep initial investment costs low. Virtualization helps you squeeze every bit of productivity out of your server infrastructure, so every dollar counts.

• Qualified consultancy and services Whether you want to virtualize a single application, a single desktop or a complete server farm, with HP and Microsoft technologies all scenarios can be accommodated. Your Frontline Partner brings to you qualified consultancy and a broad portfolio of services to implement and deploy virtualization technologies.

Your first step, talking to your Frontline Partner
We lead the way
with three scenarios

We understand that your business is unique. Your Frontline Partners can offer you the customized solution that you need, for your level of expertise, from big to small. Have a look at our three scenarios, based on successful projects with unique companies, and see for yourself how virtualization is a Go for everyone.

System Center Server 2008 Hyper-V

Example
Go Scenario 1 ...
a small business takes the step
“We purchase new servers every three years, so we are now saving on hardware, and license costs. Our rent is at a premium—so the space and electricity savings are a big factor.”
“The Hyper-V interface was really easy to use: just connect and you have a virtual server! We thought virtualization was for big business, but discovered it’s easy enough for us.”
Joan B., IT Administrator— Human Resources and Personnel Agency

 

Our recommended solution

The HP ProLiant DL380 G6 server and HP StorageWorks 2000 Modular Smart Array (MSA2000). Equipped with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition with Hyper-V and HP Care Pack Services.

The agency has three physical machines: a mail server, a server for Microsoft SQL Server® and a file server. Since they are different types of applications with different operating systems, they need to be kept separate.

Their Frontline Partner recommended the HP ProLiant DL380 G6 server running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition with Hyper-V and the HP StorageWorks 2000 Modular Smart Array (MSA2000). This allows the company to run three separate virtual machines on the same hardware with plenty of space. Joan was pleased with performance. “The database actually sped up, as it had access to more disk space and processor power.”

The Frontline Partner (skilled in both HP and Microsoft technologies) commented: “Once we had shown the owner and CEO the ROI and TCO, he was convinced. We were confident with the simplicity of the Hyper-V interface that Joan—with her experience in Windows Server 2008 R2—would be up and running in a short space of time.”

Key benefits

  • Efficient hardware utilization: Instead of having three physical machines, there is now one.
  • Platform independence: Microsoft Hyper-V allows multiple versions of operating systems to be run on the latest hardware options.
  • Uncomplicated data storage: HP’s MSA2000 platform is an easy-to-manage storage solution that works perfectly with HP ProLiant and Hyper-V.
Go Scenario 2 ...
a midsize retail business discovers a green light for flexibility and low costs
“We are stuffed to the seams; a new sales system will mean another 12 servers, which will overload the datacenter and the staff.”
“If our servers fail, cash registers stop, our customers walk away and we lose money.”
“It turned out to be a painless process; virtualization is really just common sense.”
Richard C., IT Manager

Richard turned to his Frontline Partner, who recommended HP ProLiant and Hyper-V for his solution.

“Many of our current servers were only running at 10–30% utilization, so we were able to have an average of five virtual machines to one physical. This really solved our space problems”, he reports.

Richard was also able to deploy the sales system—ahead of time and below budget. “Cutting out the hardware purchasing and setup dramatically improved the timelines; with a bit of practice a virtual machine only took an hour to set up, compared to weeks for every new physical machine.”

The biggest benefit for him is in terms of reliability, vital to his company. “If a physical machine fails, it can take up to two days to repair, whereas here we can move the workload to a different physical machine in less than thirty minutes.”

Typical requirements of the small to midsize scenario

• More efficient utilization of space and staff resources

• Simplified management of the physical and virtual infrastructure

• Quick migration of virtual machines to enable fast response to business requirements

• Rapid deployment of virtual machines from development to production

Our recommended solution

• The new powerful HP ProLiant G6 servers running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.

• The MSA2000 family of storage products. These can help reduce costs in a virtualization environment.

• HP and Microsoft management tools. HP Insight Control with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Workgroup Edition or Microsoft System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise with HP Integrated Lights- Out 2 Advanced.

• Training for HP technologies. Training is essential. It not only improves day-to-day operations, but reduces the number one risk facing IT managers: unplanned downtime.

Key benefits

  • Reduced server count: Microsoft Hyper-V allows much more efficient and effective utilization of hardware resources.
  • Lower energy costs: Intel Intelligent Power Technology reduces server idle power consumption by as much as 50% compared to the previous generation of two socket server processors.**
  • Simplified management: Virtual machines can also be centrally managed in heterogeneous virtualization environments.
  • Live Migration: Capabilities that provides dynamic allocation of resources and higher levels of availability.


Go Scenario 3 ...
a large organization with mission-critical responsibilities

 

“Now we manage all our servers from one console, this has been a huge help over such a big campus.”
“Quick migration of virtual machines from one host to another solves all our load balancing problems.”
“We were able to deploy clustered solutions; with virtual servers, clustering becomes really easy.” “Our goal is to cut our server population by 60%, thereby slashing costs, and power consumption.”
John D., Head of IT

 

The head of IT at a large higher education institution comments: “We have a heterogeneous IT structure catering to hundreds of students—we are also responsible for keeping mission-critical servers in research laboratories running.”

An important consideration was not to have to re-train tier 2 staff on different interfaces. “The ability to manage physical and virtual machines from a single user interface as well as remote management was a clincher. The Microsoft System Center Server Management with the HP tools, especially with HP Integrated Lights-Out 2 Advanced, does everything we need.”

Flexibility was vital. “We experience huge fluctuations in demand, especially during term time; now we can rapidly provision new virtual machines and adjust our performance as we need it. We have radically cut down our server deployment time.” He was especially impressed with the HP LeftHand P4000 SAN Solution: “It gave us the thin provisioning capabilities we needed, matches the Hyper-V flexibility, and is now an essential part of our infrastructure.”

Typical demands from a large-scale scenario

• Mission-critical environment

• Powerful system management tools and remote management capabilities

• Storage infrastructure that will allow real-time migration of virtual machines

Our recommended solution

• HP ProLiant G6 servers running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.

• HP LeftHand P4000 SAN iSCSI based storage solution; ideal for virtual server environments.

• HP and Microsoft management tools. HP Insight Control with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Workgroup Edition or Microsoft System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise with HP Integrated Lights-Out 2 Advanced.

Key benefits

  • Reduced server count: Microsoft Hyper-V allows much more efficient and effective utilization of hardware resources.
  • Simplified management: Virtual machines can also be centrally managed in heterogeneous environments.
  • Highly available storage clustering: HP LeftHand P4000 SANs are composed of multiple storage nodes, clustered together. Each storage node contains its own controller, so adding more nodes increases performance and redundancy along with storage capacity, eliminating performance bottlenecks typically associated with legacy SAN technologies.

Programming Methods of Florida, Inc. will be glad to advise you about your company‘s individual requirements! If you are looking for more information about how Hyper-V can help your organization contact us today at (772) 335-2262 or send an email to solutions@programmingmethods.com to schedule an on-site evaluation of your needs.

For more information, please visit these websites:

www.hp.com/go/hyper-v
www.microsoft.com/virtualization
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* Source: Intel estimates as of Nov 2008. Eight month payback is an Intel estimate based on comparing the cost savings achieved in 9:1 server consolidation from both power/cooling and OS licensing versus the estimated cost of purchasing a new server featuring Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 series. Results have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. Performance comparison using SPECjbb2005 bops (business operations per second). Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.

** Source: Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series. An intelligent Approach to IT Challenges, 2009. Integrated Power Gates (page 9, see Figure 3) allow individual idling cores to be reduced to near-zero power independent of other operating cores, reducing idle power consumption to 10 watts, versus 16 or 50 watts in prior-generations of Intel quad-core processors (depending on processor SKU). This feature reduces server idle power consumption by up to 50% versus the previous generation of two-socket server processors (Intel internal measurements of 221 W at idle with Supermicro 2xE5450 (3.0 GHz 80 W) processors, 8x2 GB 667 MHz FBDIMMs, 1x700 W PSU, 1x320 GB SATA hard drive vs. 111 W at idle with Supermicro software development platform with 2xE5540 (2.53 GHz Nehalem 80 W) processors, 6x2 GB DDR3-1066 RDIMMs, 1x800 W PSU, 1x150 GB 10k SATA hard drive. Both systems were running Windows 2008 with USB suspend select enabled and maximum power savings mode for PCIe link state power management. Measurements as of Feb 2009). For more information see, http://download.intel.com/products/processor/xeon/dc55kprodbrief.pdf

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