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HP strengthens mission-critical virtualisation

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HP today announced updates to its Unix operating system that include enhanced performance, automated optimisation, improved protection and simplified management, all to strengthen virtualisation in mission critical environments.

The HP-UX 11iv3, along with HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE) offer a tight integration of virtualisation capabilities to the operating system, providing businesses with better control while requiring less administration time and effort.
The updates to HP-UX 11iv3 also offer up to a 50% performance improvement for Oracle applications, SAP applications and similar workloads at a lowered total cost of ownership.
"HP Virtual Server Environment with HP-UX 11i can deliver virtualisation for mission critical environments integrated with high availability right out of the box," says Mary-Ann Summerfield, Technology Solutions Group Mission Critical & Technical Services Manager at HP. "Virtualisation is a proven path to improve resource utilisation, cost-efficiency and operational flexibility."
Businesses looking to implement virtualisation technologies to improve their mission critical environments will benefit from these updates to HP-UX 11i v3:
* HP Integrity Virtual Machines (Integrity VM) with Accelerated I/O increase bandwidth up to two times, and improve CPU efficiency of Integrity VM hosts by up to 60%. This allows customers to achieve consolidation with virtualisation at a lower cost.
* Tune-n-Tools automatically optimises HP-UX 11i v3 for Oracle, SAP and other Unix workloads, increasing performance by up to 50%.
* Locality-optimised Resource Alignment (LORA) automatically aligns CPU, applications and memory for up to a 25% increase in performance on mid-range and high-end servers.
* ktracer is a new kernel tracing tool for detailed optimisation of device drivers and applications that reduces optimisation time from weeks to days.
* Power saver is a new feature that allows customers to control power usage with five settings for idling processors, saving more than 10% in energy.
* Secure Resource Partitions v2, Two-factor Authentication, and Encrypted Volume and File System (EVFS) Service are affordable enhanced security capabilities that come bundled with HP-UX, while comparable operating system platforms require a separate, costly purchase.
* Software Assistant (SWA) is the centralised management application available for integrated security bulletin analysis, patch application and multi-systems reporting that improves customer response time to security bulletins.
* Metrocluster for Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) is enhanced with site-aware disaster tolerance, providing automated and optimised bi-directional failover of up to 300 km with no performance loss due to distance.
The new HP-UX 11i v3 Update 3 is the latest in HP's continuous, long-term Unix innovation. The new offering delivers the highest business value and lowest total cost of ownership available for enterprise Unix installations.
The new HP-UX 11i v3 Update 3 will be available mid-September.