HP is updating its Unix software to allow its Integrity server line to run more than one copy of the operating system.
The virtualisation move will enable HP to increase the potential productivity of its Integrity servers, which compete with models from the likes of IBM and Sun Microsystems.
The update will be available in July in the form of a patch for HP’s HP-UX 11i v2 operating system.
The virtualisation technology, called virtual partitions or “vPars”, lets users install more than one copy of HP-UX on a computer – a capability already included in the more feature-rich HP 9000 line of Unix servers.
The Integrity range uses Intel’s 64-bit Itanium 2 processor, which is designed to support high-productivity methods such as virtualisation.
In addition to vPars, the updated HP-UX release will also include “secure resource partitions”, which allow users to securely run several different applications on one copy of the operating system.