One of my VAR buddies told me that VMware mentioned the new HP ProLiant Gen8 servers druing a presentation this morning at the VMware Partner Exchange. He said that the new ProLiants now have embedded VMware technology that allows the servers to be provisioned via vCenter.
This is pretty significant. This means that customers and partners will be able to provision both virtual AND physical servers (at least the ProLiant Gen8 servers) through a single interface. With the huge impact VMware is having on the data center, and the huge number of virtualized servers being provisioned using VMware technology, the ability to use vCenter to also manage HP ProLiant servers gives a single console to handle both.
Hopefully we’ll hear more about this shortly.