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HP to ‘transform server market’ with single platform for mission-critical computing

HP has announced ‘Odyssey’; a project to redefine the future of mission-critical computing with a development roadmap that will unify UNIX and x86 server architectures to bring ‘industry-leading availability, increased performance and uncompromising client choice to a single platform’.

Organizations are challenged with increasingly stringent service-level agreements for their most demanding workloads, along with the pressure to be more efficient with their IT budgets and resources. They need the availability and resilience of UNIX-based platforms along with the familiarity and cost-efficiency of industry-standard platforms.

HP’s Odyssey roadmap includes ongoing innovations to HP Integrity servers, HP NonStopsystems and the HP-UX and OpenVMS operating systems. The roadmap also includes delivering blades with Intel Xeon processors for the HP Superdome 2 enclosure (code name ‘DragonHawk’) and the scalable c-Class blade enclosures (code named ‘HydraLynx’), while fortifying Windows and Linux environments with innovations from HP-UX within the next two years.

With the availability of DragonHawk, clients will be able to run mission-critical workloads on HP-UX on Intel Itanium-based blades while simultaneously running workloads on Microsoft Windows or Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Intel Xeon-based blades in the same Superdome 2 enclosure.

“Clients have been asking us to expand the mission-critical experience that is delivered today with HP-UX on Integrity to an x86-based infrastructure,” said Martin Fink, senior vice president and general manager, Business Critical Systems, HP. “HP plans to transform the server landscape for mission-critical computing by using the flexibility of HP BladeSystem and bringing key HP technology innovations from Integrity and HP-UX to the x86 ecosystem. Unlike the competition, HP offers an open, integrated, single platform approach.”

By expanding mission-critical HP Converged Infrastructure and bringing select proven innovations to x86 systems, HP will enable clients running Linux or Windows to:

- Increase scalability with 32-socket DragonHawk symmetrical multiprocessing x86 systems that will scale to hundreds of cores and support large, complex workloads. The systems will enable clients to deploy the smallest to the largest workloads in a dynamic, highly scalable pool of IT resources.

- Increase reliability and flexibility with two-, four- and eight-socket HydraLynx scalable x86 server blades with mission-critical virtualization and availability, all packaged in the robust c-Class enclosures of HP BladeSystem.

- Increase availability of critical Linux applications with the HP Serviceguard solution, which automatically moves application workloads between servers in the event of a failure or an on-demand request.

- Boost flexibility and availability of x86 systems with HP nPartitions technology (nPars), which provides precise partitioning of system resources across multiple or variable workloads. HP nPars is electrically isolated to eliminate failure points, which allows clients to scale out within a single, robust system.

- Enhance business continuity with HP Analysis Engine for x86 embedded into the system firmware. HP Analysis Engine goes beyond error logging to ensure efficient diagnoses and automatic repair of complex system errors while restoring system stability in seconds.

- Boost reliability and resiliency of x86 systems with fault-tolerant HP Crossbar Fabric that intelligently routes data within the system for redundancy and high availability.

- Achieve higher levels of availability with HP Mission Critical Services, which identify and resolve possible sources of downtime.

http://www.hp.com

•Date: 30th November 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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