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HP Builds on Linux Market Leadership with New Enterprise Management, Clustering Technologies
Bank of America, AutoTradeCenter, Sandia Labs Demonstrate Broad Vertical Adoption of HP's Linux-Based SystemsSAN FRANCISCO, LINUXWORLD, AUG. 5, 2003
HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced new Linux-based management and clustering solutions designed to help enterprise customers realize a better return on information technology (IT) through the use of open systems.
Several new management software products deliver rapid deployment of multiple Linux and blade servers, basic network management and real-time performance monitoring and problem resolution across Linux systems. New clustering solutions include a factory-integrated technical compute cluster from 16 to 128 nodes; enhanced clustering software for Linux servers, storage, database and messaging deployments; and a "do it yourself" cluster kit for Oracle® Real Application Clusters.
HP's announcements build on the company's established market leadership as the No. 1 provider of Linux-based solutions. To date, HP has generated more than $2 billion in Linux systems, software and professional services revenue. According to IDC, HP was the leader in worldwide Linux server factory revenue for the first quarter of calendar year 2003.(1)
With more than 5,000 Linux services and support professionals, HP offers customers the largest Linux support organization in the world. HP's industry-standard Linux systems enable enterprise and technical computing customers, including HP's newest Linux customers AutoTradeCenter, Bank of America and Sandia National Laboratories, to take advantage of Linux's cost savings while accelerating their transformation into adaptive enterprises.
"Customers expect HP to deliver rock-solid Linux solutions with support services on industry-standard platforms to better manage their IT infrastructures, to increase their bottom line and to power mission-critical applications," said Martin Fink, vice president of Linux, HP Enterprise Servers and Storage. "By increasing management and clustering capabilities and by offering comprehensive service and support, HP makes it easier for customers to use Linux in a wide variety of commercial and technical computing environments, thereby driving Linux further into the enterprise."
"IDC surveys consistently find end users citing manageability as one of the shortcomings of Linux. HP's continued expansion of its Linux solutions portfolio, in particular, products related to managing Linux, address one of the key requirements that Linux users have," said Al Gillen, research director, system software at IDC. "We believe that HP's effort will help continue the penetration of Linux into mainstream commercial use."
HP Software Simplifies Management of Linux Systems, Applications
As management of IT becomes increasingly critical for enterprises, HP is developing user-friendly management software to ease customers' Linux deployments. HP's latest Linux-based management software offerings include:
Clustering Technologies Enable Flexible Linux Deployment
HP's new Linux-based clustering technologies allow customers to demand more with less. Customers can have more flexibility – in the management of several systems from remote locations; more scalability – they can buy what they need when they want it; and more value – Linux on industry standards increases a customer's return on IT investment with lower costs and greater performance. The company's latest offerings include:
New Customers Demonstrate Broad Vertical Adoption of Linux
HP announced new customers today in the enterprise and technical computing markets that add to the growing roster of companies running HP's industry-standard Linux hardware, software and services to support and manage their IT infrastructures. Bank of America, AutoTradeCenter and Sandia Labs are among the new customers across financial, entertainment, government, oil and gas and other industries that have chosen HP's Linux solutions to improve the utilization and management of IT resources while simultaneously lowering operating costs.
Bank of America has ordered industry-standard HP ProLiant servers to support the deployment of Reuters Market Data Systems (RMDS) on Linux in its new trading room in London. HP, Reuters, Intel and Red Hat are working with financial institutions to reduce cost and improve the flexibility and performance of their market data platforms through seamless migration to Linux running on the Intel® Architecture. RMDS on Linux is the first commercial example in the financial sector of an open system, which is fast gaining popularity among the largest investment institutions.
AutoTradeCenter (ATC), one of the world's leading Internet-based automotive remarketing companies, has carved out a lucrative niche for its business-to-business e-commerce services. ATC depends on the performance, reliability and responsiveness of its HP e-commerce infrastructure to attract and retain blue-chip clients, including American Honda Finance Corporation, Audi Financial Services, Daimler Chrysler Financial Services, Subaru of America, Volkswagen Credit Inc., and others.
After carefully evaluating competing systems, ATC determined that HP possessed the greatest knowledge and experience with Linux. "HP was hands-down a much better choice for us due to HP's close collaboration with Oracle, extensive Linux experience, industry-standard HP ProLiant servers and mature – and affordable – HP StorageWorks solutions," said Jorge Borbolla, chief information officer, AutoTradeCenter. "ATC provides 24x7 access to portfolios representing thousands of vehicles. That's why we put so much stock in our e-commerce solutions, which are based on the HP Adaptive Enterprise strategy."
Sandia Labs selected HP to provide computational capacity for its laboratories. A "Best Value" competitive bid contract was awarded to HP for the procurement of the institutional computing clusters at Sandia. The Best Value criteria were based on application performance, price, contractor's experience and the company's ability to meet 130 mandatory and desirable requirements. These clusters will provide much needed computing capacity across the entire laboratory. These critical resources will provide 512 nodes (1,024 processors) to several computing environments in New Mexico and 128 nodes (256 processors) to a California site.
"In order to make the Sandia and HP partnership successful, we have been working overtime to streamline the delivery and acceptance testing on the contracted system," said John Zepper, manager of infrastructure computing systems, Sandia Labs. "Our focus has been to provide leadership and technical expertise to deliver highly available and stable computing solutions to our customers."
All of the institutional computing clusters at Sandia are configured with dual Intel® Xeon™ processors at 3.06-GHz microprocessors with Myrinet XP Cluster Interconnects. Delivery and acceptance testing begin in September; user operations are scheduled to begin in October.
Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) is an oil and gas producer that replaced an older UNIX® system and migrated to the open, cost-effective Linux operating system on an HP 64-bit platform. ADMA-OPCO engineers have deployed a cluster of 24 HP Integrity rx2600 Itanium® 2 servers running Linux with Schlumberger Eclipse reservoir simulation software to find and exploit petroleum resources faster and more cost-effectively.
More Linux News from HP -- the Cornerstone Sponsor of LinuxWorld
HP is the cornerstone sponsor at LinuxWorld San Francisco, Aug. 5-7, booth 1047. Peter Blackmore, executive vice president of the HP Enterprise Systems Group, will deliver the opening keynote address on "Linux: The Next Stage." HP's new products, services, customers and initiatives will be on display at the company's booth, including information regarding the following:
More information on HP's Linux initiatives is available in an online press kit at http://www.hp.com/go/linuxworld.
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(1) IDC, Quarterly Server tracker Q1, CY 2003, published May 30, 2003.
(2) All published SPECjAppServer2002 scores can been seen at http://www.spec.org/jAppServer2002/results/jAppServer2002.html.
(3) These results were achieved on the SAP Standard Application SD Benchmark running SAP R/3 Release 4.70, processing 49,330 order line items per hour for 491 SD Benchmark users at an average dialog response time of 1.97 seconds with an average CPU utilization of 85 percent, using Oracle 9i database and SuSe Linux Enterprise Server 8 operating system; run by HP performance lab in Houston, Texas. The ProLiant DL560 server was configured with four 2.8-GHz Intel Xeon MP processors, 2-MB L3 cache, and 12-GB main memory. This benchmark was certified by SAP AG on June 23, 2002, No. 2003036. This benchmark fully complies with the SAP Benchmark Council's issued benchmark regulations and has been audited and certified by SAP. More information is available on the SAP Web site at http://www.sap.com/benchmark.
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