If you are like me, too many choices sometimes makes the right choice harder to make. With the new release of HP-UX 11i v3 Operating Environment, your choices mainly come down to how critical your solution is and what your flexibility requirements are. Although HPUX offers you 4 choices, they all come with the quality and reliability you have come to expect from HPUX—from the smallest project to large-scale data center deployments.
Here is a quick summary of each of the OE packages:
HP-UX 11i v3 Base OE (BOE) - comprehensive security and system management
The HP-UX 11i v3 BOE delivers the entire UNIX operating system plus comprehensive, integrated security for systems, data, and identity, as well as secure resource and hard partitions. The BOE includes full Insight Control functionality with power management, health check, and deployment tools. It also provides full performance analysis tools for kernel processes and applications, as well as base file system and volume management.
HP-UX 11i v3 Virtualization Server OE (VSE-OE) - complete virtualized UNIX
In addition to what is in the BOE, HP-UX 11i v3 VSE-OE integrates advanced file system and volume management with system-level performance analysis, plus the full complement of HP-UX virtualization software provided through the Insight Dynamics–VSE suite. This suite includes capabilities for soft or sub‑CPU partitioning, capacity planning, goal-based workload management, automated infrastructure provisioning, and advanced physical and virtual infrastructure management.
HP-UX 11i v3 High Availability OE (HA-OE) - complete mission-critical UNIX
In addition to what is in the BOE, HP-UX 11i v3 HA-OE integrates advanced file system and volume management with system-level performance analysis, plus HP Serviceguard, the number 1 high-availability software for UNIX.2 HP Serviceguard delivers continuous service availability and supports both local and stretch clusters for cost-effective disaster recovery.
Additionally, tested and proven Serviceguard toolkits enable you to protect key databases and Internet servers in minutes while also easily managing it all with intuitive GUI-based cluster management software.
HP-UX 11i v3 Data Center OE (DC-OE) - the premier virtualized mission-critical UNIX
HP-UX 11i v3 DC-OE delivers the complete set of HP-UX mission-critical UNIX software in a single package, combining the value in the HA-OE and VSE-OE both of which include the BOE software. The DC-OE is the ideal environment for resiliency and optimization, leveraging the tight integration of HP advanced infrastructure management software for high availability, partitions, workload management, and performance optimization.
When it comes to buying HP-UX 11i software, customers often ask, “Which is the better deal: buying a higher-level OE (HA-OE, VSE-OE, or DC-OE), or buying the BOE, plus the individual layered software? How much will the OE save me in software license and support costs?”
The simple answer: Higher-level OEs reduce software and support costs by up to 59 percent with HP-UX 11i v3 for the new HP Integrity server family. Our OEs include the most popular HP-UX software, which, when deployed together, can produce the highest return for mission-critical UNIX.