HP's BladeSystem Matrix gets an update

Management tools

HP has used its annual Tech Forum in Las Vegas to announce a number of new features for its BladeSystem Matrix management system.

It launched in April last year to aid customers in managing servers, networks and storage from one location and had seen success. However, now there has been an extra push as HP continues to promote its converged infrastructure vision.

"BladeSystem Matrix is the only software management platform that seamlessly orchestrates the servers, the network connections, the storage and the applications," said Mark Potter, vice president of industry standard servers at HP, during a press conference.

"With BladeSystem Matrix we have been able to help our customers... deal with the [data] sprawl and [to] bring the silos together."

The main move is to integrate the management of applications into the system, something that is becoming more and more relevant as virtualisation gains popularity.

Secondly, HP has added the ability to tier storage from the system, making it a lot more "granular" whilst also enabling self provisioning.

Finally, the system has new open standard APIs included which HP claimed to help with the provision of public or private clouds.

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