As part of its virtualisation drive this week, HP is tweaking the licensing of processors on its Integrity server range to allow users to have extra processing capacity as and when they need it.
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John King, server marketing manager at HP, said the company would be offering capacity on demand for Integrity servers that are shipped with several processors, where only a subset is being run. "When you plug in a processor, you will not be charged for it until it is used," he said.
This represents a slight change in HP's policy. Previously, users who did not run a processor would be charged after three years. The company is also addressing peak usage. King said, "For short-term peaks, HP's instant capacity will offer five free days of processor usage." This is designed to support users who need to boost processing power during peak trading or cope with a short-term unforeseen event.
Along with the licensing changes, HP has expanded its HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE) with HP Integrity Essentials, an integrated software family for planning, managing and automating virtual servers.
The products include the HP Integrity Essentials Capacity Advisor, an integrated tool for ongoing capacity planning.
Another component of the VSE is HP Integrity Virtual Machines, which allows multiple operating system instances to share a single CPU as well as I/O resources.
HP has added OpenVMS support to the HP Integrity Essentials Global Workload Manager 2.0. This extends its VSE system to OpenVMS, providing application interoperability with HP-UX 11i and Linux.