HP this week introduced a new version of the HP-UX 11i operating system and new HP Integrity servers to help make mission-critical virtualisation practical for businesses of all sizes.
The latest release of HP’s strategic Unix operating environment, HP-UX 11i v3, makes virtualisation easier to deploy and delivers mission-critical virtualisation by combining virtualisation and mainframe-class availability. Also, with HP-UX 11i v3, important applications, including business intelligence and data warehousing, are now simpler to secure and manage.

The company also strengthened its HP Integrity server lineup with a model for BladeSystem c-Class environments and a new rack-optimised unit, the Integrity rx2660 entry-class server. The HP Integrity BL860c Server Blade is the first Integrity model designed for the HP BladeSystem c-Class portfolio, HP’s breakthrough blade architecture. The HP Integrity rx2660 is the lowest-priced Integrity rack-mount server and the most flexible and versatile unit in its Unix server class.
Along with HP-UX 11i v3, the two new servers deliver mission-critical virtualisation on a standards-based platform to help create an Adaptive Infrastructure in any enterprise.
Virtualisation, which allows IT resources to be pooled and shared so that supply of resources can meet business demands, is transforming IT in data centres worldwide. The HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE) allows HP-UX 11i to go a step further and has integrated virtualisation and mainframe-class availability to deliver mission-critical virtualisation for customers with the most demanding workloads. HP has broadened the functionality and simplified the deployment of its mission-critical virtualisation capabilities for HP-UX 11i.
* Deployments of virtualised environments are simpler due to the addition of four new VSE Reference Architectures, including ones for Oracle, SAP software and shared services based on HP’s own application server and database implementations. These reference architectures can help cut a customer’s deployment time in half.
*  Mainframe-class availability has been enhanced via HP Serviceguard clustering enhancements, including faster user transparent failover for SAP and the introduction of new levels of disaster tolerance via cascading failover across three data centres.
The new HP-UX 11i v3 Unix operating system is designed to meet growing needs of business applications to address today’s and tomorrow’s most demanding workloads and is enhanced in a host of other critical areas. For instance, it is architected to address up to 100 million zettabytes of highly available, secure storage (1 zettabyte = 1 billion terabytes). In addition, it has new hot-swap and online patching capabilities that reduce planned and unplanned downtime, and its automation features help minimize operational costs.
As with every new HP-UX release, existing customers’ investments in the HP-UX 11i operating system are protected through binary compatibility. This means applications that ran on the previous release will run unchanged on HP-UX 11i v3 but have the added benefit of running an average of 30% faster.
Extending HP’s “blade everything” strategy, the new HP Integrity BL860c Server Blade is a versatile, multi-operating system server. It brings the blade advantages of power efficiency, consolidation and flexibility to Integrity server customers, while expanding the workload capabilities and choices for HP blade customers.
Leveraging the innovative HP BladeSystem c-Class design, the BL860c is ideal for demanding database-intensive applications and scientific computing environments.

The server blade also offers a powerful virtualisation engine for application consolidation, which can help drive down total cost of ownership. In addition, the Integrity BL860c shares the same BladeSystem c7000 enclosure with other HP ProLiant and HP StorageWorks blades.

The new HP Integrity rx2660 entry-class server handles robust application tier workloads and is versatile enough for porting, application serving, testing and development. Cost-effective for small deployments, it offers business-critical computing and HP-UX strengths, such as VSE, HP Serviceguard and HP Systems Insight Manager, to customers of all sizes.

HP continues to expand and equip expert channel partners with technical expertise and resources to broaden the market reach of virtualisation to enterprises of all sizes. HP VSE for HP-UX 11i, together with Serviceguard and the new HP Integrity servers with HP-UX 11i, provide important growth engines for HP channel partners.

“The offerings introduced today help HP to deliver greater value and benefits in areas that customers care most about, such as virtualisation,” says Andrew Fletcher, Business Unit Manager: Business Critical Servers at HP. “Our latest HP-UX release, server offerings and channel programmes bring mission-critical virtualisation to a broader range of customers moving toward a 24×7 lights-out, next-generation data centre.”