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8 Cool Projects found inside HP Labs

ComputerWorld took a tour recently of HP Labs to check out some of the things we're working on from the desktop to the datacenter.  We are really fortunate that we have these folks behind us.  What's even more fortunate for our customers is that these innovations find their way into real world products today.


Much of the Thermal Logic power and cooling technology in the BladeSystem and now Integrity and ProLiant servers is based on the ground breaking work of folks like Chandrakant Patel


Browse through this photo tour of 8 Cool Projects from HP Labs put together by ComputerWorld.

Question: What does “receive path validation” do and what could be the reason for the failure?

This one of the methods used to provide fail over for network traffic. 


 


From our BladeSystem support staff


 

"This is just a “redundancy mechanism” that is part of the HP Teaming driver.Not trying to over simply things but here it goes. NIC A and NIC B are teamed together. NIC A is receiving frames okay, NIC B has not received any frames.Teaming driver sends “Test Frame” out NIC A, sets timers and waits for NIC B to receive it. This is repeated a few times.If NIC B still has not received a frame after a few intervals, it is determined the RX (Receive) Path to this NIC is broken, thus NIC is marked as “Receive Path Validation” and is removed as an Active member of the team. This is a good thing because we don’t want a NIC in the team that can’t hear… So…either there is a problem with that NIC receiving frames (fix it) or there is a problem in the Teaming driver detecting “false” RX Path failures.Either way the recommendation is never to disable it as a solution to the problem.

 

Insight Control Software new naming convention cheat sheet.

 


































































































Current Name


New Name


Abbrev.


Marketing Changes


Product Changes


Insight Control Environment


HP Insight Control suite


ICE


Mar-09


Nov-09


Insight Control Environment for Linux


HP Insight Control suite for Linux


ICE-LX


Apr-09


Apr-09


ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack


HP Insight Foundation suite for ProLiant



Jun-09


Jun-09


Integrated Lights-Out 2 Standard


HP ProLiant Onboard Administrator


iLO


Mar-09


Nov-09


Integrated Lights-Out 2 Advanced Pack


HP Integrated Lights-Out 2 Advanced


iLO


Mar-09


Nov-09


Integrated Lights-Out 2 Advanced for BladeSystem


HP Integrated Lights-Out 2 Advanced for BladeSystem


iLO


Mar-09


Nov-09


Insight Power Manager


HP Insight Power Manager software


IPM


No change


No change


ProLiant Essentials Performance Management Pack


HP Insight Performance Manager module



Mar-09


Nov-09


ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack


HP Insight Rapid Deployment software


RDP


Mar-09


Jul-’09


Server Migration Pack – Universal Edition


HP Insight Server Migration software for ProLiant


SMP


Mar-09


Apr-09


HP System Insight Manager


HP Systems Insight Manager software


SIM


No change


No change


Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager


HP Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager software


VCEM


No change


No change


Virtual Machine Management Pack


HP Insight Virtual Machine Manager software for ProLiant


VMM


Mar-09


Nov-09


ProLiant Essentials Vulnerability and Patch Management Pack


HP Insight Vulnerability and Patch Manager module


VPM


Mar-09


Nov-09

Learn more about Solid State Disks (SSDs)

With all the buzz about solid state disks (SSDs) you’d think it was a brand new thing. For over 25 years, technologies in the consumer world have been using solid state storage technology to improve how information is created and shared. information What’s new is the way business and technology trends are influencing the adoption of new solid state storage technology designs in the enterprise data center.

I ran across this website and a great tech brief about the good and bad of SSD technology so you can make up your own mind and decide if SSD is right for you.


 

How to order three-phase power module stand-alone for c7000!

Seems that we get a lot of questions on how to convert single phase power modules to 3-phase modules. Our technical staff tries to sum up the process.


 The problem:


"I have a partner who ordered a few enclosures with single-phase power per customer's suggestions.  Turns out customer now wants three-phase power.  The partner is looking to simply order the $175 three-phase power module stand-alone: 413380-B21.  They are unable to do so as it is an option to purchase only as an FIO orderable option with an enclosure on the HP site.  I know you can get the single-phase modules sent seperately and they've ordered those before.  Is there any way to do this for the three-phase module or a spare parts # to avoid a full return for a $175 part?"


 


Answer:


Converting a Single Phase c7000 Enclosure to 3-Phase Enclosure and a 3-Phase Enclosure to a Single Phase Enclosure.

 

To do a conversion the appropriate Spare Part number must be ordered through spares. In North America, Service Spares can be ordered through the HP Parts Store at http://h20141.www2.hp.com/hpparts/default.asp?EE=InvChr

 

Local spare parts stores and spares distributors for other regions can be found at http://h20141.www2.hp.com/hpparts/country_choice.asp

 

Use the table below to order the correct spare part to replace the original module.

 

Spare Part  Description                                                          Plug Type


413495-001  3-Phase North America/Japan Input Module       L15-30P


413496-001  3-Phase International Input Module                    IEC309, Red, 5-Pin, 16A


413494-001  Single-Phase Power Input Module                     C19 - C20 Cord

 

It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that the correct receptacles and/or PDU Infrastructure are available prior to the conversion.  For more information on powering c-Class enclosures please consult the c-Class Site Planning Guide available at http://h71028.www7.hp.com/enterprise/cache/499697-0-0-0-121.html


 


A brief overview of the steps required is below but consult the c7000 Maintenance and Service guide for detailed removal and replacement instructions, this is available at http://h71028.www7.hp.com/enterprise/cache/316682-0-0-0-121.html

 

1. Power Down the Enclosure


2. Disconnect all power cables to the enclosure


3. Remove the hot-plug Power Supplies from the front of the enclosure


    NOTE: The input module is difficult to remove if the power supplies are inserted in the enclosure.


4. Undo the 3 screws on the input power module at the rear of the enclosure


5. Remove the Input Power Module


6. Replace with the new Input Power Module


7. Tighten the 3 screws to lock the module in place


8. Replace the hot-plug power supplies


9. Add additional hot-plug power supplies if required


   Note: The 3-Phase Module requires 3 or 6 Power Supplies to operate, extra power supplies should be ordered if necessary.


10. Reconnect the power cables


11. Power the enclosure on

 

The user then needs to connect to the Onboard Administrator via Telnet or SSH and login to the command line interface as an administrator.


The following command should then be run to set the appropriate input module type.

 

Set enclosure pdu_type x


      x = 1 = Single phase


      x = 2 = Three phase North America/Japan


      x = 3 = Three phase, International


      x = 4 = DC Power

 

More details on the Onboard Administrator Command Line Interface are available at http://h71028.www7.hp.com/enterprise/cache/316682-0-0-0-121.html in the


1. HP BladeSystem Onboard Administrator User Guide


2. HP BladeSystem Onboard Administrator User Guide Command Line Interface User Guide


 


As the Input Power Module is a Field Replaceable Part there are no warranty or support issues with replacing this item.


 


Hope this helps all you power hungry BladeSystem people out there.


 

Mike Klayko, CEO of Brocade nailed it

I'm a sucker for unscripted honesty.  Kudos to Mr. K for taking a deep breath after Cisco's UCS and Project California grandstanding to put some reality in front of the rhetoric. In less than 3 minutes, he really boiled all the hype down and simply articulated what a lot of our customers and partners are thinking too. 


My takeaway: ROI on CapEx in 12 months or less means it's not about our grandious vision of tomorrow, it's about helping you implement your vision of your data center today.  Keep the forklift in the warehouse.




Strategic Means Being Steadfast

Today, Cisco announced a new product that leverages network intelligence to provision resources together as virtualized services. This industry-first approach greatly reduces application deployment times, improves overall resource utilization, and offers greater business agility. Further, it includes an open API, and easily integrates with third party management applications, as well as best-of-breed server and storage virtualization offerings.

  

If this sounds like this weeks announcement by Cisco of their new Unified Computing System (UCS) you would be partially correct. The words in the above paragraph are basically the same as what was used this week at their announcement. However, the above words are actually what they used to describe their new VFrame Data Center 1.2 product when they announce it on July 24, 2007.

  

At that time, VFrame DC was touted as a key component for Cisco’s vision of next generation data centers, called Data Center 3.0.

  

However, this week during Cisco’s announcement of their Unified Computing System there was no mention of VFrame Data Center. Instead, they proclaimed that the next step in the Cisco Data Center 3.0 vision is their UCS.

  

No surprise then that it turns out that VFrame was quietly retired in February, less than 20 months after being announced by John Chambers at Cisco Live as a foundational element of Data Center 3.0.

  

So what does this mean to you? Well that brings me back to the title of this entry, “Strategic Means Being Steadfast”.

  

Cisco wants to be your strategic IT partner that you can now trust for all your data center needs. But do trusted partners abandon what they sell as cornerstone technology, with the result of abandoning customers such as you?

  

HP’s answer is an emphatic ‘no’.

  

An example: HP still enhances, still sells and still supports OpenVMS. In addition, OpenVMS is available on HP BladeSystem. Yet this is a product that was introduced in 1977, seven years before Cisco became a company.

  

Something to think about when you choose your strategic trusted IT partner.

  

Mike Kendall

 HP

 

Did we miss something?

Every time a competitor introduces a new product, we can't help but notice they suddenly get very interested in what HP is blogging during the weeks prior to their announcement.  Then when the competitor announces, the story is very self-congratulatory "we've figured out what the problem is with existing server and blade architectures".  The implication being that blades volume adoption is somehow being constrained by the very thing they have and everyone else is really stupid. 


HP BladeSystem growth has hardly been constrained; with quarterly growth rates of 60% or 80% and over a million BladeSystem servers sold.  So I have to wonder if maybe we already have figured out what many customers want - save time, power, and money in an integrated infrastructure that is easy to use, simple to implement changes, and can run nearly any workload.


Someone asked me today "will your strategy change?"  I guess given the success we've had, we'll keep focusing on the big problems of customers - time, cost, change and energy. It sounds boring, it doesn't get a lot of buzz and twitter traffic, but it's why customers are moving to blade architectures. 


Our platform was built and proven in a step-by-step approach: BladeSystem c-Class, Thermal Logic, Virtual Connect, Insight Dynamics, etc.  Rather than proclaim at each step that we've solved all the industry's problems or have sparked a social movement in computing; we'll continue to focus on doing our job to provide solutions that simply work for customers and tackle their biggest business and data center issues.

Builder versus Plumber

Rob Enderle recently added some great insight into a question we posed a couple of weeks ago, "What If a Plumber Built Your House".  When thinking about the question if you wanted a plubmer to build your house, he answered with "maybe".  Here are some of Rob's excellent points from his post, "Cisco, EMC and VMware: Cloud Computing Could Bring Strange Bedfellows".




  • Most builders learn the ropes in a specific trade like plumbing.


  • Plumbers can learn and partner.


  • Other experts may be useful if you were building with non-traditional materials in non-traditional places; like a cliff

Can a plumber learn new skills and partner with others to fill in the gaps?  Certainly.  Could a world-class builder do the same thing?  That is, continuously learn and partner to expand innovation in new areas based on a proven foundation.  Absolutely.


But when the example of the cloud came up, Rob inferred the cloud is primarily a network thing. Or at least a network, storage, virtual thing.  That's one point where we disagree.


The point between our builder versus plumber analogy is this: the only frame of reference when building a house is from the family and the people that make it up.  In the case of the next generation data center, that means the business and the applications and services it relies upon.  If everything isn't aligned, unified and integrated with those needs in mind for both today and the unknown tomorrow, it's a non-starter. 


Whether you are building a cloud, a data center, a or a tiny IT room, it's about about the business and delivering the application services the business needs - faster, cheaper and easier.  In our opinion, taking any kind of technology-centric view; network, server or storage is just the wrong approach.


This really just comes down to a simple difference in our points of view .  We view the big picture from the business and the application perspective across the data center, others see these as appendages hanging on to either side of a network cable.  


Rob ended with this.



"But the key to all of this is a general contractor that understands networking, storage and virtualization deeply, because those are likely the three critical skills in this new world order. By the way, this clearly suggests other partnerships, as well."


We agree it takes a lot to bring all the skills together to build in the world of the next generation data center.  Our team features EDS, who may be the world's greatest general contractor, HP software for the best home automation, and ProCurve might be your best bet for a plumber.  VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, Oracle and more are some of our most talented sub contractors too.  But without a builder, how do all the necessary parts of your data center work together and stay optimized; and who's accountable if they don't?


A big thanks to Rob for adding a lot of great ideas to consider in the "builder versus plumber" discussion.  What do you think?

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