At its flagship European event, ENSA@WORK HP Enterprise Forum, and in the wake of retaking the server vendor top spot, HP this week made some changes to its enterprise portfolio that include a new Itanium NonStop server, an assortment of new infrastructure management software tools, and a renewed commitment to Itanium via its Superdome line.
HP's Integrity NonStop server lays claim to being the first commercial server to be able to scale to 4,080 Itanium 2 processors. It's five-nines reliability is 100-times greater than that of reliability of previous systems at half the cost of a mainframe, according to the systems vendor.
The servers are scheduled to be available in July and will be priced starting at $400,000 John Miller, director of portfolio marketing, enterprise servers and storage, told ServerWatch.
The server are feature a host of application virtualization capabilities to accommodate rapid and unpredictable data growth. The servers are managed by the newly unveiled HP System Insight Manager 5.0, unified infrastructure management software that integrates the management of server and storage infrastructure.
HP SIM 5.0 is based on the latest industry standards and open source application software from JBoss. It is designed to manage heterogeneous server rooms containing non-HP servers and storage and ensure interoperability with enterprise management platforms, including HP Open View.
Optional plug-ins also released for HP SIM 5.0 include: HP Server Migration Pack, HP Storage Essentials, HP Client Manager 6.1, and Web Jetadmin 7.8.
In addition, HP announced a series of changes and new offerings to its HP 9000 Superdome server. New features include in-box upgrades to Intel Itanium 2 processors and new PA-8900 processors to complete the PA-RISC roadmap.
The PA-8900 dual-processor module provides up to 15 percent better performance than the PA-8800 processor and is now available across the entire HP 9000 server line. To spur the migration to Integrity, Superdome server customers can mix and match PA-8900 and Intel Itanium 2 processors in the same system.
Miller said HP will continue to sell the PA-8900 through 2008 and plans to support it through 2013.
HP also plans to make HP-UX 11i Virtual Partition (vPars) software available on HP Integrity servers in mid-2005. vPars was designed with ROI in mind, as organizations can use it to optimize server resource utilization on a real-time basis as business priorities dictate.
The remaining announcements were: an expansion to the BladeSystem partner program, the HP Virtualized Infrastructure Solutions for the mySAP Business Suite family, and the HP Output Manager for OpenView.
HP also reported a 14 percent year-over-year increase in orders for Adaptive Enterprise solutions since May 2004.