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HP strengthens Itanium servers

Quoting from IT Week:

HP has launched new Integrity servers, based on Intel’s 64bit Itanium processor and promising better control and virtualisation capabilities.

Nick van der Zweep, director of virtualisation for HP’s business-critical server division, insisted that new features in the servers coupled with HP’s commitment to spend $5bn over five years on the platform showed Itanium is advancing.

Van der Zweep said an upgrade to the Integrity servers’ HP-UX 11i operating system offers improved failover and management abilities, as well as sophisticated virtualisation functionality that could make it a compelling alternative to Risc and mainframe systems.

“The latest version [can] deliver HP’s Virtual Server Environment in half the time it took previously,” Van der Zweep said. “It can then automatically move resources from app to app and virtual machine to virtual machine, based on your service-level agreements.”

A new feature called Global Instant Capacity for HP-UX 11i can automatically move hardware and software licences between machines. “In the event of system failure or load-balancing work you don’t need extra licences for CPUs in a secondary device – you transfer them automatically,” said Van der Zweep.

HP’s latest Integrity servers are based on the Madison Itanium processor, rather than the delayed dual-core Montecito version. Manuel Martull, marketing manager for HP’s business-critical servers, said the new sx2000 chipset, formerly codenamed Arches, would still deliver 30 percent more workload capacity than previous Madison-based servers, and its modular design will allow firms to easily slot in Montecito when it arrives this year.

Read the entire article, here.

Published Wednesday, March 29, 2006 8:05 AM by David Marshall
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