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HP Simplifies UNIX Deployment with New Operating Environments

PALO ALTO, April 8, 2008

HP today introduced four new operating environments (OEs) with the latest release of HP-UX 11i v3, Update 2. Designed to simplify UNIX deployments on HP Integrity servers, the new OEs enable customers to reduce costs and accelerate time to solution for immediate out-of-the-box productivity.

The OEs are HP-tested and pre-integrated to ease software management from purchase to installation to updates. They deliver fully integrated UNIX virtualization and high availability features, as well as a full range of HP software, with the HP-UX 11i operating system, in a single, easy-to-manage package.

The four OE offerings, Base, Virtual Server, High Availability and Data Center, allow any size business to rapidly and efficiently integrate a complete UNIX solution into its Integrity server environment. As a result, customers avoid potential errors and achieve faster time to solution by simplifying the manual effort typically associated with installing a fully-functional UNIX environment. For example, with the Data Center OE, customers can install more than 150 different software components in just nine steps-compared to the 35 steps required for IBM AIX and 87 for Sun Solaris.

Simplified UNIX deployment drives customer acceptance

Many businesses want to optimize utilization and performance of UNIX, but are unsure as to the software needed to support their current and future requirements. These customers can benefit from the simplicity and flexibility of the new HP-UX 11i v3 OEs, which include:

  • Base OE (BOE) provides the HP-UX 11i operating system for customer who require robust UNIX functionality
  • Virtual Server OE (VSE-OE) provides the full complement of HP 11i virtualization software for customers seeking higher resource utilization or embarking on consolidation projects
  • High-Availability OE (HA-OE) provides HP Serviceguard clustering and related high availability software for customers’ business-critical applications
  • Data Center OE (DC-OE) includes VSE-OE and HA-OE software for customers seeking both flexibility through virtualization and high availability

Current HP-UX 11i customers can deploy simple software upgrades to support their changing application workloads and help bolster business growth. Support contracts entitle existing customers to upgrade to HP-UX 11i v3 with the new OEs at no charge.

Advancing HP-UX 11i versatility

The latest release of HP-UX 11i v3 Update 2 also delivers improved performance. In networking and data access, customers can achieve up to a 100 percent increase in network speed, as well as continued acceleration of the mass storage stack, which controls I/O devices such as SCSI logical units. In addition, Update 2 simplifies blade management and consolidation while advancing multi-OS usability. The new release facilitates upgrades by enabling virtual partitions on v3 to combine HP-UX 11i v1, v2 with v3 on a single machine.

Since its introduction in February 2007, customers have recognized the demonstrated benefits offered by HP-UX 11i v3. For example, Waterloo, Ontario-based Campana Systems Inc., a long time HP-UX customer, recently deployed HP-UX 11i v3 on HP Integrity servers to enhance security and performance.

“HP-UX 11i v3 on HP Integrity Servers offers balanced performance and more than enough capacity to support our most demanding workloads,“ said Paul Haygarth, Technical Services Project Manager, Campana Systems Inc. “We have enjoyed the robustness of HP-UX 11i for several years -- the latest version has an outstanding record of reliability and availability.”

New benchmark results – winning (again) with v3

Customers can deploy HP-UX 11i on HP Integrity servers with confidence across a variety of UNIX applications, including those requiring exceptionally high performance.

Proving its high performance in the most demanding data warehouse-type workloads, HP recently published a world record single-system 10 terabyte TPC-H benchmark result(1) of 208,457.7 QphH@10000GB with the lowest price performance of any 10 terabyte result. The benchmark was executed on a 64-processor HP Integrity Superdome running HP-UX 11i v3 Update1 and Oracle 11g. This benchmark demonstrated a more than 20 percent performance increase over results with HP-UX 11i v3's initial release(2).

Availability and pricing

The new OEs are available for HP-UX 11i v3 Update 2, on both HP 9000 and Integrity servers. HP-UX 11i v3 Update 2 is currently available. More information about Operating Environments for HP-UX 11i v3 can be found at www.hp.com/go/hpux11inow.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $107.7 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.

(1) On an HP Integrity Superdome server 208,457.7 QphH@10TB $27.97/QphH@10000GB, available 09/10/08. 64 processors/128 cores. Itanium®2® Dual-Core 1.6GHz. 18 MB cache. 512GB RAM. HP-UX 11i v3 and Oracle 11g.

(2) On an HP Integrity Superdome server 171,380 QphH@10TB, $32.91/QphH@10TB. Available 04/01/07. 64 processors/128 cores. Itanium®2® Dual-Core 1.6GHz. 18 MB cache. HP-UX 11i v3 and Oracle 10gR2.

For more information on TPC-H and TPC-C benchmarks, please visit www.tpc.org

Source: Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC).

TPC is a registered trademark by the Transaction Processing Council.

2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

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