As part of a bid to drive down the cost of business critical computing for customers HP has refreshed its entire line of Integrity servers, basing the range on the latest Intel Montecito processors.
The company describes the new Integrity servers as the most powerful models in the range to date, offering more than twice the performance of the previous generation of Integrity servers. Furthermore, HP boasts that they deliver less than half the price-to-performance ratio of competitive offerings and that the servers provide the most flexibility and capacity in their class.
To help customers grow and shrink virtual servers in response to changing business needs, HP has extended the multi-operating system capabilities of its Virtual Server Environment for the Integrity servers. Deliverables should include, says HP, simplified management, secured availability and flexible capacity.
Available with HP-UX 11i, Windows, Linux or OpenVMS operating environments, the Integrity rx6600 and rx3600 servers also include the HP zx2 chipset, rated as being up to two times more energy efficient compared with previous generations and reducing power and cooling costs by up to 50%. In addition, by employing a Montecito for Integrity, HP says that it has doubled the Integrity line’s capacity.
Before the end of 2006, HP plans to add support for Windows to HP Integrity Virtual Machines and allow multiple operating system instances to share a single processor. At that time, HP plans to extend support for HP Integrity Essentials Capacity Advisor and Virtualisation Manager to Windows and Linux.