HP Updates HP-UX, Releases New NonStop Servers
HP is advancing its Project Odyssey development forward with the release of enhancements for the Hewlett-Packard Unix operating environment and HP CloudSystem Matrix with HP-UX. In the announcement last week, the company also introduced two new HP Integrity NonStop entry-class servers.
Updates to HP-UX
Project Odyssey was announced two and a half years ago as a plan to unify UNIX and x86 architectures. As HP pointed out at the time, "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."
Almost three years later that organizational requirement has not changed and is not likely to change. In an effort to speed things up and keep things running, the enhancements HP has made to HP-UX (HP's UNIX operating system) include:
- Upgrades of virtualized applications between HP Integrity i2 and Integrity i4 servers with zero-downtime.
- Virtual machine capacity doubled from earlier versions with support up to 32 processor cores and 256GB memory.
- Using Soft Reboot can reduce reboot times by up to 50 percent (currently available for HP Integrity i4 server blades).
- Reconfigure virtualized I/O without system downtime; this allows for migration of HP internal Integrity VMs from current host to another without disruption to applications, network, storage connections or user.
The enhancements to the HP CloudSystem Matrix with HP-UX are meant to improve efficiency, lower cost, and improve performance. The enhancements include:
- Larger private cloud deployments by provisioning workloads running vPars (v6), or with direct I/O networking.
- New two socket license bundles that HP says will lower the startup cost for HP-UX CloudSystem Matrix.
- Ability to identify inefficient server processes so they can be eliminated and resources returned for use with other workloads. This would allow for more efficient data center processing, according to HP.
New Entry-Level NonStop Servers
HP has also announced new small to mid-enterprise sized fully fault-tolerant servers running under the Intel Itanium processor 9500 series. The NS2300 and NS2400 servers come with either two or four processors with a maximum of 1020 logical processors per cluster. Maximum memory per cluster is 32TB and both have rack heights of 36U and 42U. Maximum number of disk drives is 200.
The main difference between the two servers is that the NS2300 has one licensable core per processor and the NS2400 allows two. Additionally, the NS2400 is available with DC powered commercial rack or seismic rack options to meet telecommunications specific requirements.
All of the above are currently available worldwide. Pricing can be obtained from HP representatives.
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