Predefined collection of servers, storage and networking elements that is replicated multiple times to form the building blocks
HP has been selected by SHI International, a provider of information technology software, hardware and services, to provide network infrastructure for its new Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud Center.
The company said that to facilitate SHI’s entrance into the IaaS space, the SHI Cloud Services practice designed a new ‘service core’-based architecture using HP Converged Infrastructure.
A service core is a predefined collection of servers, storage and networking elements that is replicated multiple times to form the building blocks that populate the Cloud Center.
The new offering by SHI will focus on the creation of ‘industrial-grade’ virtual machines targeted at the IT user.
These virtual machines can be used for production application deployment, disaster recovery, outsourced IT offerings, and ‘burst’ computing services for businesses of all sizes.
SHI said that it had selected HP Networking technology due to its open, standards-based architecture and capabilities including the HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF), a virtual switching technology available with HP’s A-series core networking offerings, which unifies multiple switches into a single, resilient virtualised network fabric.
The HP A Series switching and routing products selected by SHI include the A12500 core data centre switches for high performance and agility of virtualised servers.
The HP A12500 is the an Intelligent Management Center (IMC), which enables SHI to manage the network from a single platform, easing administration and reducing costs.