HP Delivers Industry’s First Mission-critical Converged Infrastructure in One Platform

DUEBENDORF, 27 April 2010 –HP today announced new HP Integrity solutions that significantlyimprove customers’ service-level agreement performance, provide upto 100 percent application availability(1) and simplifymission-critical computing for the most demanding applicationworkloads.

The company also introducedAllianceONE, a partner program that optimizes solutions acrossservers, storage, networking and professional services that supporta mission-critical Converged Infrastructure.

Built on a new HP BladeScale Architecture that spans servers, storage and networking, theIntegrity solutions deliver the industry’s first mission-criticalConverged Infrastructure. This represents the first majorarchitectural upgrade for Integrity Superdome in a decade.

The architecture allowsclients to deploy, automate and manage a complete range ofapplications side by side, within the same enclosure, and using thesame components, tools and processes. With a single managementenvironment, clients can maintain consistent control of the entireIT infrastructure.

HP is the only vendordelivering a unified BladeSystem platform that spans x86 to HPSuperdome 2. As a result, HP clients can create data centers thatallow them to spend less time on operations, and instead focustheir resources on driving innovation to address businessneeds.

Enhanced mission-criticalConverged Infrastructure portfolio

The new Integrity portfolioincludes servers, software and services that provide clients: 

  • Up to 450 percent improvement in infrastructure reliability overprevious generations with the new HP Integrity Superdome 2. Builton the unified Blade Scale Architecture, Integrity Superdome 2delivers more than 100 new mission-critical innovations to providebreakthrough availability.(2) Its unique Crossbar Fabric increasessystem resiliency by intelligently routing data between blades andinput/output ports with complete redundancy.

  • Improved performance and lower total cost of ownership with newHP Integrity server blades, which expand from two sockets to theindustry’s first eight-socket UNIX scale-up server blade. HP BladeLink technology easily scales and reconfigures systems by combiningmultiple blades to create two-, four- and eight-socket systems.This delivers up to nine times the performance in half thefootprint.(3) Clients also can mix and match HP Integrity, HPProLiant and HP StorageWorks blades in the same enclosure formaximum flexibility.

  • Investment protection with the new HP Integrity rx2800 i2rack-mount server, which enables clients to use their existingrack-mount environments. With a familiar infrastructure design, theserver is ideal for smaller or remote installations such as branchoffice applications.

  • Greater availability and user productivity with the HP-UX 11i v3operating system, which delivers up to 50 percent improvement inapplication deployment time and the fastest failover in themarket.(4) HP-UX offers automated workload management that allowsclients to shrink and grow virtual servers with the needs of theirbusinesses. Available in a pay-per-use model, HP-UX also deliversinstant capacity on demand and built-in software enhancements toimprove management and security.

  • Faster time to market and improved management with HPBladeSystem Matrix with HP-UX, the company’s ConvergedInfrastructure platform for shared services. The solution enablesclients to provision entire application infrastructures – includingsoftware, servers, storage and networking – in minutes instead ofweeks or months to automate the delivery of shared services for thedata center.

  • Easy migration of legacy applications with support from HPConverged Infrastructure Consulting Services and ApplicationModernization Services. Clients also have access to the resourcesthey need to design, test and implement highly scalableapplications and infrastructures.

  • Ensure higher levels of availability with HP Mission CriticalServices that identify all possible sources of downtime. Theservices are offered on a variety of levels, including ProactiveSelect, Critical Service and full Mission Critical Partnership.Clients have access to the industry’s most extensive pool ofconsultants specializing in Converged Infrastructuretransformations.

Clients prepare for thefuture

As one of the world’slargest integrated energy companies, Chevron achieves world-classdata center performance by ensuring reliable and efficientoperations. To accomplish this, Chevron consolidated its enterpriseresource planning infrastructure on HP Integrity platforms.

Converging the alliancepartner ecosystem

AllianceONE, HP’s newsolutions-based partner program across servers, storage andnetworking, provides software vendors, hardware vendors and systemsintegrators greater simplicity and faster return on IT investments.Through AllianceONE, partners access a single program that offersthe broadest choice of industry solutions designed for an HPConverged Infrastructure.

HP Converged Infrastructureis built on a standards-based architecture across MicrosoftWindows®, Linux, HP-UX, OpenVMS and HP NonStop platforms. Thisenables clients and partners to build leading solutions that areflexible and adaptable to meet changing business demands.

More information about thenew HP Integrity server portfolio is available at www.hp.com/go/integrity.  

(1) HP lab testing, basedon enhancements made to HP Serviceguard A.11.19.

(2) HP internal analysis;hardware crash rates are used to measure reliabilityimprovements.
(3) Based on HP internal comparisons versus comparably configuredrack-mount servers; conducted February 2010.
(4) Based on feedback from HP customers and HP engineering.


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