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3Leaf Enables I/O Virtualization with HP BladeSystem

3Leaf Systems™ (, a provider of next-generation virtualization solutions for enterprise data centers, today announced that is has successfully performed interoperability testing of the 3Leaf V-8000 Virtual I/O Server with the HP BladeSystem c-Class and an HP StorageWorks 8100 Enterprise Virtual Array running VMware ESX.  Successful completion of interoperability testing with HP marks a key milestone in 3Leaf’s strategy and commitment to delivering greater data center resource utilization and reduced costs through virtualization solutions for the x86 server market.

“We have worked closely with HP to fully test our V-8000 Virtual I/O server,” says B.V. Jagadeesh, CEO, 3Leaf Systems.  “The blade server market is the fastest growing x86 market segment and HP is the recognized leader in the space.  We have established proven interoperability with HP, enabling 3Leaf to seamlessly deliver I/O virtualization for HP’s industry-leading blade platform used by many of our customers and partners.”  

The 3Leaf V-8000 virtualizes the I/O for a large pool of connected servers, enabling enterprises to consolidate their networking and storage I/O, removing the need for local NICs and HBAs, reducing the networking and storage port requirements, and greatly increasing resource utilization.  In addition, the V-8000 significantly reduces the time to both provision and repurpose servers, delivering increased data center agility, flexibility, and centralized management.  The V-8000’s rich feature set dramatically reduces data center costs, delivering a 50 percent reduction in both capital and operating expenditures. 

“Customers running virtualized environments can reduce costs, simplify the management of their technology infrastructure, and improve server utilization,” said Mike Kendall, manager, BladeSystem Solution Builder Program, HP.  “Coupled with HP’s BladeSystem architecture, 3Leaf’s V-8000 Virtual I/O server offers customers an ideal platform to simplify their infrastructures by virtualizing the I/O.”

Interoperability testing of the 3Leaf V-8000 with the HP BladeSystem c-Class was performed collaboratively at the HP Partner Technology Access Center in Cupertino, Calif.

3Leaf V-8000 Virtual I/O Server

The 3Leaf V-8000 delivers scalable I/O connectivity for servers residing in the 3Leaf Virtual Compute Environment (VCE).  In addition to providing highly scalable and efficient I/O, the VCE architecture minimizes the cost of putting commodity servers into service by removing the need for local networking and storage.  The V-8000’s rich feature set maximizes server resource utilization and scalability, speeds up the deployment and provisioning of new servers, and provides high availability and centralized management.  The V-8000 delivers a combined 50 percent savings on both capital and operating expenditures.

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2008 9:39 PM by David Marshall
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