HP adds vigour to Oracle virtualisation

Hoping to better enable customers to automatically adjust resources within a pooled server environment, HP has added capabilities to its Virtual Server Environment for HP Integrity servers.

Hoping to better enable customers to automatically adjust resources within a pooled server environment, HP has added capabilities to its Virtual Server Environment for HP Integrity servers.

The new HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE) Reference Architecture for Oracle Real Application Clusters for HP-UX 11i dynamically scales the Integrity server infrastructure when mission-critical Oracle database workloads fluctuate. For example, customers can use the capability to automatically allocate additional server capacity to financial applications during the month-end close.

HP says it has further integrated HP Serviceguard for HP-UX 11i with HP Integrity Virtual Machines for those concerned about the availability of their mission-critical Unix environments when they consolidate using virtualisation. Available with the latest release of HP Serviceguard, this functionality is designed to guard against failure by automatically moving the virtual machines between servers in a VSE.

The computer giant says that demand for virtualisation is growing: it boasts 70% shipment growth for key virtualisation technologies in the past year, reinforcing a recent IDC assessment that spending on virtualisation will continue at significant growth rates and reach $15bn by 2009.

"By consolidating our HP infrastructure via HP virtualisation technologies, we are now able to nimbly respond to changing workloads while saving almost $200,000 in the process," reveals Clive Cranshaw, technical administrator of HP customer Royal London.

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