Vegas: where IT companies plot to take over the world and pop stars go to die

Published on 18th February 2012 by Yevgeniy Sverdlik

With billboards along the strip advertising Celine Dion, Boys II Men, Rod Steward and Shania Twain, Las Vegas outside of the Continental hotel looked like an advert for “Where are they now?” It’s where expired pop stars go to die.

This Monday, while the rest of the strip was oscillating somewhere between 1977 and 1995, HP gave guests at its annual global partner conference an idea of what the future may look like (not the future of Vegas of course. The man in charge of HP's enterprise IT business was talking about the future of IT. It will take a lot more than two years of R&D to change the course of Vegas).

In a press conference at the Continental, HP’s David Donatelli announced the launch of its new line of ProLiant servers. Culmination of Project Voyager, a two-year R&D project that resulted in filing of more than 900 patents by HP, the eighth-generation servers provide nearly double compute capacity per watt compared to the company’s previous-generation machines.

Their storage performance is nearly seven times than older versions, using solid-state technology, addressing what Donatelli said was one of the biggest data bottlenecks in the data center. And they virtually manage themselves, reducing drastically the amount of admin time required.

There is more on ProLiant Gen8 servers on our news pages. There is also an analysis on their ProActive Insight DCIM features.

The launch was a continuation of HP’s converged-infrastructure strategy. Donatelli claims HP was fist to start preaching the converged-infrastructure mantra, which he says is now preached by the rest of the industry, namely its competitors.

“Now we see every one of our major competitors in the industry talking about it, which is great,” he says. “The difference is we got there first. We’re innovating faster, and we have the fullest portfolio.”

Donatelli said HP’s goal was “nothing short of transforming the entire industry.”

As one of the market leaders, they are in the position to make that transformation a reality.

If only HP (or anybody) had the same power over the music industry, because god knows it too needs a transformation.

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Yevgeniy is a San Francisco-based journalist who has covered the data center industry for DatacenterDynamics since June 2009. Prior to that, he was a local daily newspaper reporter in California. He has a degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.