Significant capacity, virtualisation and management improvements are among the stated benefits of HP upgrading its Integrity server line and HP-UX 11i operating environment.
HP says that in addition to offering greater server capacity, the enhancements should bring about faster deployment of enterprise software within an HP virtual server environment (VSE) running on the HP-UX 11i operating system.
The company says that HP-UX 11i reference architectures and toolkits for HP VSE enable users to halve the time it takes to bring virtualisation projects online when using software from BEA, Oracle, SAP and IBM. For example, it says that a VSE implementation with BEA WebLogic that could otherwise take from 17 to 34 weeks to complete can now be fully planned, designed and deployed in four to seven weeks.
The greater server capacity is, says HP, brought about by a new chipset that can increase the Integrity server’s ability to handle complex workloads by up to 30%, while using the same number of Intel Itanium 2 processors. Featured and available today in the cell-based HP Integrity rx7640, rx8640 and Superdome servers, the chipset is designed to deliver single system availability features to improve memory availability, interconnectivity and fault tolerance.
HP has also added improved HP-UX 11i disaster-tolerance and security capabilities; new configuration options for HP Integrity NonStop servers and new HP-UX 11i management tools to simplify datacentre operations.
Commenting on the launch, Andrew Butler, vice-president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, says: “Vendors that can approach customers with enhanced system capabilities that speak to today’s need for sophisticated virtualisation, management tools and capacity boosts are taking a step in the right direction.”