Oxford University Press wins prize for oldest HP-UX server

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Oxford University Press wins prize for oldest HP-UX server

Antony Savvas

Oxford University Press (OUP) has won an HP competition to find the oldest running HP-UX server in the UK.

In April this year, HP invited its customers to dust off their HP-UX servers to find out who owned the oldest HP-UX installation still in operation.

The winning server dates from 1993, and is still running mission critical applications for the OUP.

As a prize, it has won an HP Integrity server with installation, and a licence for HP-UX 11i and three-year support.

The OUP department running the old server is English Language Teaching (ELT), which has consultants based in over 50 offices around the world.

The consultants in each region are usually qualified English language teachers and the ELT department in Oxford conducts language research. It has relied on an HP-UX system to store and manage its information databases for over ten years.

Geoff Butler, technical architect at OUP, said, "When we do upgrade, it will be to a new HP-UX environment.

In the meantime, the HP-UX platform we have will keep number crunching - there is life in the old dog yet."


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