News Advisory: April 28, 2014

HP Extends Mission-critical Enterprise Environments

Company adds availability, efficiency and cloud-readiness enhancements for business-critical workloads

PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP today expanded its portfolio of highly available, efficient and proven solutions for enterprises’ most demanding applications and workloads.

The enhancements to the HP-UX operating environment and HP CloudSystem Matrix with HP-UX, as well as new HP Integrity NonStop entry-class servers enable organizations to increase business performance, boost efficiency and reduce costs.

The demand for continuous application availability is growing exponentially due to trends driven by cloud, mobility and big data. For organizations to succeed in this always-on environment, they need a reliable, secure infrastructure for business-critical workloads that are efficient to manage while minimizing the crippling costs of unplanned downtime.

“Enterprises everywhere are required to handle significant data volume while providing customers continuous access and availability to their mission-critical workloads,” said Ric Lewis, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Servers Business, HP. “The latest enhancements to our HP Integrity solutions demonstrate HP’s commitment to provide customers with purpose-built, highly-available infrastructure capabilities for their most critical applications.”

As a continuation of Project Odyssey, a project to redefine the future of mission-critical computing, HP is expanding its offerings for enterprises with new enhancements that deliver industry-leading availability and increased performance for mission-critical workloads.

Advancements in mission-critical operating systems boost business performance

HP continues to innovate the industry-proven HP-UX operating environment,(1) enabling enterprise customers to operate their business-critical workloads more efficiently with minimal risk of downtime in both traditional and cloud environments. The latest HP-UX 11i v3 solution reduces planned downtime for maintenance and upgrades while increasing capacity and performance. With this release, customers can now:

  • Perform zero-downtime platform upgrades of virtualized applications between HP Integrity i2 and HP Integrity i4 servers.(2)
  • Virtualize larger workloads, with double the virtual machine capacity from previous versions, now with up to 32 processor cores and 256 GB memory.
  • Reduce reboot times by up to 50 percent with Soft Reboot, available now for HP Integrity i4 server blades.(3)
  • Reconfigure virtualized I/O without system downtime.(4)

With enhancement to HP CloudSystem Matrix with HP-UX, customers can improve efficiency and service level agreement (SLA) performance with:

  • Larger private cloud deployments to enable better performance and flexibility, by provisioning workloads running vPars (v6), or with direct I/O networking.
  • Lowered entry cost of HP-UX private cloud deployments with new two socket license bundles.
  • Increased data center processing capacity by identifying inefficient server processes, so they can be eliminated and resources can be made available for key workloads.

“Given the increasing demands of mission-critical applications, performance and uptime are critical for organizations of all sizes,” said Shannon Poulin, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Solutions Group, Intel. “HP’s new servers allow us to bring the proven capabilities of our latest Itanium processors to a full range of customers, as we continue to drive innovation and performance through the portfolio.”

HP is delivering NonStop server technology to the small to midsize enterprise (SME) market with the new HP Integrity NonStop NS2300 and NS2400 servers. These fully fault-tolerant servers offer the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to any other server in their class.(5)

The new entry-class servers take advantage of the latest-generation Intel® Itanium® processor 9500 series and as a result can handle more demanding application workload processing with a 50-percent increase in main memory capacity.(6)

Pricing and availability

The latest releases of HP-UX 11i v3 and HP CloudSystem with HP-UX are now available worldwide.

HP Integrity NonStop NS2300/NS2400 commercial systems and the telecommunications-specific configurations of the DC-powered HP Integrity NonStop NS2400T/NS2400ST are now available worldwide.

Pricing information on each solution is available through HP representatives.

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(1) HP-UX supplies 100 percent global telecommunications companies, Global 100, CNN Money, July 2012. HP-UX supplies 75 percent of pharmaceutical companies, Fortune 100, Fortune, May 2012. HP-UX 30 year anniversary, 2013.

(2) HP internal Integrity VMs can be migrated from their current host to another, while the VM guest and its applications continue to operate. There is no disruption to applications running within the Integrity VM guest being migrated; all network and storage connections within the guest remain operational, December 2013.

(3) Based on internal HP testing, December 2013.

(4) HP internal Integrity VMs can be migrated from their current host to another, while the VM guest and its applications continue to operate. There is no disruption to applications running within the Integrity VM guest being migrated; all network and storage connections within the guest remain operational, December 2013.

(5) Based on Pyalla Technologies research, “HP Offers the Lowest TCO in its Class for Mission-Critical Applications.” Research Note, 2012.

(6) Based on internal HP testing, February 2014.

Intel and Itanium are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

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