Organisations are challenged with increasingly stringent service-level agreements for their most demanding workloads, along with the pressure to be more efficient with their IT budgets and resources. They need the availability and resilience of UNIX-based platforms along with the familiarity and cost-efficiency of industry-standard platforms.
Using advanced technology across a common, modular HP BladeSystem architecture, HP is developing platforms to enable clients to choose the best environment aligned to their organizations needs without compromise, helping ensure investment protection for the long term.
HP's new development roadmap includes ongoing innovations to HP Integrity servers, HP NonStop systems and the HP-UX and OpenVMS operating systems. The roadmap also includes delivering blades with Intel Xeon processors for the HP Superdome 2 enclosure (code name "DragonHawk") and the scalable c-Class blade enclosures (code named "HydraLynx"), while fortifying Windows and Linux environments with innovations from HP-UX within the next two years.
With the availability of "DragonHawk", clients will be able to run mission-critical workloads on HP-UX on Intel Itanium-based blades while simultaneously running workloads on Microsoft Windows or Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Intel Xeon-based blades in the same Superdome 2 enclosure.
"Clients have been asking us to expand the mission-critical experience that is delivered today with HP-UX on Integrity to an x86-based infrastructure", stated Martin Fink, senior vice president and general manager, Business Critical Systems, HP. "HP plans to transform the server landscape for mission-critical computing by using the flexibility of HP BladeSystem and bringing key HP technology innovations from Integrity and HP-UX to the x86 ecosystem. Unlike the competition, HP offers an open, integrated, single platform approach."
For more than 25 years, HP has powered the most demanding workloads by building a robust and proven franchise of technology and service innovations for mission-critical computing.
By expanding mission-critical HP Converged Infrastructure and bringing select proven innovations to x86 systems, HP will enable clients running Linux or Windows to:
"Intel's continued innovation with a multigeneration Itanium processor roadmap, combined with existing and future mission-critical capabilities of Intel Xeon processors, allow HP and Intel to provide customers with greater flexibility and choice", stated Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager, Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, Intel. "Together with HP we will be able to give customers the ability to do mission-critical computing on their terms, with a broad range of operating systems and applications."
"Amdocs' experience in implementing HP-UX/Integrity as a mission-critical platform for our market-leading BSS/OSS solutions at top global service providers has proven extremely positive", stated Rebecca Prudhomme, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing, Amdocs. "Extending HP Converged Infrastructure features to Linux on x86 will allow customers using the Superdome 2 architecture to benefit from the cost-effectiveness of x86, while leveraging the platforms strength, scalability and availability."
"Customers trust Microsoft and HP with their enterprise computing needs", stated Eduardo Rosini, corporate vice president, SQL Server Marketing, Microsoft. "By furthering our partnership, Microsoft and HP will bring together the worlds leading server and software solutions to let customers harness the flexibility and scalability of Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server on HP Converged Infrastructure for their broad mission-critical computing needs of tomorrow."
"Red Hat and HP have worked together for more than a decade to continuously support innovation in server and Linux technologies", stated Paul Cormier, executive vice president, and president of Products and Technologies, Red Hat. "Further extending the mission-critical experience to x86 environments will enable clients to leverage the application performance, scalability and security provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux on HP for their most demanding workloads."