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Converged data center goal sparks HP bid for 3Par

Hewlett-Packard's offer for 3Par, because of 3Par's data storage know-how, goes along with HP's effort to speed up its converged data center movement.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of Aug. 23-27, 2010.

HP proposes 3Par buyout to help converged data center development

Hewlett-Packard Co. wants to use its proposed deal to buy 3Par to bolster its converged data center movement.

In response to Dell's offer of $18 per share ($1 billion) last week, HP offered a $24 per share ($1.6 billion) cash bid on Monday morning for 3Par and its data storage expertise, according to

Some medium to large companies fear vendor lock-in while others think dealing with the same company for any issues with a stack may be beneficial. Whether Dell or HP wins the 3Par prize, the acquisition is seen as part of a push by major server makers to expand into storage as well as networking gear that they can sell together into large data center accounts.

(Note: As of Friday morning, 3Par accepted a still-higher bid of $27 per share from Dell.)

VKernel Capacity Management Suite 2.0 can improve scalability, automation

The VKernel Capacity Management Suite (CMS) 2.0 was recently released to help solution providers improve scalability and automation capabilities for their customers.

VKernel Corp. says that CMS 2.0 will boost capacity management for VARs with monitoring, planning, optimization and chargeback enhancements.

CMS 2.0 can now support multiple vCenters and it lessens the workload on connected vCenters by 60% since VKernel integrated what used to be several single products into a lone appliance. CMS will also help automate tasks such as allocating resources in virtual machines.

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