Ah summertime-- it's hot, humid and a little breezy outside and I don't feel like cooking (me or food!). Sounds like the planets are aligning tonight for a shady riverside picnic watching the 50+ car freight trains on the other side of the river wind past West Point on their way to NYC, while the sail boats and kayaks criss cross the shores of the Hudson. While mentally preparing what I'd pack in my shore picnic this morning I knew I wanted to blog about one of the HP-UX gems on our new web page we just launched a couple of weeks ago. What stood out the most to me given these set of circumstances? Why the HP-UX containers product "gem" of course! If you pick just the right container for your needs -- picnic or server upgrade -- life if so much simpler, enjoyable and certainly less messy.
Did you know we have a whole family of HP-UX containers (formerly known as SRPs, or security source partitions) that allow easier consolidation of multiple workloads within one HP-UX instance? Makes life so much simpler and really helps you optimize systems and combat any hesitations you may have had about upgrading to new Integrity servers because of hassle and expense associated with moving and recompiling your trusted, historic applications. Here's a quick rundown on the 3 types of containers:
1) Workload containers - lightweight and customizable. Most applications can be supported including Oracle and SAP. Security and isolation settings can be customized to meet your specific compliance and performance requirements. Integrates really well with Serviceguard.
2) System containers - our newest container type. These provide a more isolated view with a private file system name and name space that allows per container system services and administrative activities such as user management. This allows applications with fixed installation locations or unique system requirements to be installed multiple times on the system each within their own container without requiring application modifications.
3) HP 9000 containers -- growing in popularity. These containers leverage our vast depth of expertise to help customers on our older systems modernize more easily. If you're stuck on an existing PA-RISC system and struggling with things like lost source code or application support issues, you can easily migrate to HP Integrity servers on HP-UX 11i v3 without the time and expense of porting the applications by using these containers - no need to recompile.
To learn more about HP-UX containers, watch the short video featuring Doug Lamoureaux from our HP-UX virtualization lab here at our HP-UX Gems web page (click on the HP-UX containers gem slice and the video will load for you). Note that we've currently got 10 short videos in our Gems series to have a look at as you have time -- along with related information like whitepapers and webinars for each gem to explore.
The HP-UX team is also looking for feedback from you -- what other features of HP-UX do you think should be highlighted as a real product gem?
And if it is summertime where you live, hope you are having a good one and are spending some time enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors - with or without a picnic!