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HP strengthens mission-critical virtualisation


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.