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HP announces revolutionary plan to bring 100% fault-tolerant HP NonStop platform to x86 architecture

Posted on behalf of Randy Meyer, VP & GM, HP Integrity Servers


HP announces revolutionary plan to bring 100% fault-tolerant HP NonStop platform to x86 architecture


This is an exciting day in the history of NonStop computing.  For nearly four decades HP NonStop has played a vital role in data centers that support the world’s most mission critical applications, from ATMs to POS systems processing financial transactions, from Telco service providers connecting millions of mobile subscribers to manufacturing assembly lines.  When your business can’t afford to stop and your customers won’t wait, HP NonStop is the platform of choice for continuous business.   And now we have announced plans enhance to our roadmap by extending the 100% fault-tolerant solutions customers rely on to the x86 architecture.  This means that customers will have the choice of HP NonStop on either Intel Itanium or x86 architecture – the only flexible approach to a 100% fault-tolerant infrastructure. 


Customers will continue to benefit from innovations for their established NonStop environments, based on Intel® Itanium® processors, with greater scalability, performance and security.  To that end, we have also recently announced the availability of the HP Integrity NonStop BladeSystem NB56000c and NB56000c-cg.  The NB56000c (and NB56000c-cg) offers up to a 50% performance capacity increase over the NB54000c (and NB54000c-cg), and provides an in-rack upgrade path for all HP Integrity NonStop BladeSystem customers. 


If you’re asking why NonStop, and why now, just look around.  The megatrends you see and hear about, from cloud computing to social media, and mobility to big data, are all leading to a new style of IT, with ever-increasing demands driven by an always-on world.  Enterprises are under enormous pressure to reduce complexity, manage complex backend requirements and standardize.  Of course they need to do this while maintaining extremely secure systems, becoming more cost-effective, and responding quickly to changing business dynamics.  Never before has the demand for highly secure, continuous application availability been stronger – and that’s precisely what HP NonStop delivers.  Only HP enables you to leverage a proven solution for always-on business that delivers timeless value and longevity regardless of the underlying architecture, and leverages HP’s Converged Infrastructure to maximize data center efficiency. 


For more information:

  • View a short video on the announcement from HP’s CEO, Meg Whitman 
  • Read the HP NonStop strategic announcement brief

I look forward to discussing this with you in the future.  I’ll be at HP Discover 2013 in Barcelona – hope to see you there!

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  • I work as a Master Architect in HP Servers R & D group. I work with teams spread across the lab and outside to build solutions which are highly available on HP-UX, OpenVMS and Mission Critical Linux platforms. In particular I contribute to develop HP Serviceguard clusters, HP-UX Security and Middleware products. I have been with HP for last 17 years and have exposure to HA/DR field from both R & D and customer perspectives.
  • Kirk Bresniker is the Vice President/Chief Technologist for HP Business Critical Systems where he has technical responsibility for all things Mission Critical, including HP-UX, NonStop and scalable x86 platforms. He joined HP in 1989 after graduating from Santa Clara University and has been an HP Fellow since 2008.
  • I’m the worldwide marketing manager for HP NonStop. I’ll be blogging and tweeting out news as it relates to NonStop solutions – you can find me here and on twitter at @CarolynatHP
  • Cynthia is part of the HP ExpertOne team. ExpertOne offers professional IT training and certifications from infrastructure refresh to areas that span across the datacenter like Cloud and Converged Infrastructure.
  • Hi, I work on the HP Servers team as HP-UX worldwide product marketing manager. I´m interested in how customers use our technology and will be blogging about their stories and on how our products evolve to help their businesses be always on.
  • I have worked with NonStop systems since 1982. I am a Master Technologist for HP and am part of the IT SWAT organization, the Cloud SWAT and work with HP Labs. I report into the Enterprise Solutions and Architecture organization.
  • Joe Androlowicz is a Technical Communications and Marketing manager in HP’s NonStop Product Division. Joe is a 25 year journeyman in information systems design, instructional technologies and multimedia development. He left Apple Computer for Tandem Computers to help launch G03 and hasn’t looked back yet. He previously managed the program management team for the NonStop Education and Training Center and drove the development and growth of the NonStop Certification programs.
  • Hello! I am a social media manager for servers, so my posts will be geared towards HP server-related news & info.
  • HP Servers, Converged Infrastructure, Converged Systems and ExpertOne
  • Luke Oda is a member of the HP's BCS Marketing team. With a primary focus on marketing programs that support HP's BCS portfolio. His interests include all things mission-critical and the continuing innovation that HP demonstrates across the globe.
  • I am the Superdome 2 Product Manager. My interest is to learn how mission critical platform helps customers and would also like to share my thoughts on how Superdome has been helping customers and will continue to do so.
  • I work in the HP Servers marketing group, managing a marketing team responsible for marketing solutions for enterprise customers who run mission-critical workloads and depend on HP to keep their business continuously running.
  • Mohan Parthasarathy is a Technical Architect in the HP-UX lab. His primary focus currently is in the core kernel, platform enablement and virtualization areas of HP-UX. Mohan has worked on various modules of HP-UX, including networking protocol stacks, drivers, core kernel and virtualization
  • I’m the Worldwide Product Marketing Manager for HP Serviceguard Solutions for Linux in BCS. I’ll be blogging about the latest news and enhancements as it relates to this product.
  • Greetings! I am on the HP Enterprise Group marketing team. Topics I am interested in include Converged Infrastructure, Converged Systems and Management, and HP BladeSystem.
  • As a Managing Consultant for HP’s Enterprise Solution & Architecture group, I collaborate with client business and IT senior management to understand, prioritize and architect advanced use of data and information, drawing insights required to make informed business decisions. My current focus leverages event-driven business intelligence design techniques and technologies to identify patterns, anticipate outcomes and proactively optimize business response creating a differentiated position in the marketplace for the client.
  • Wendy Bartlett is a Distinguished Technologist in HP’s NonStop Enterprise Division, and focuses on dependability – security and availability - for the NonStop server line. She joined Tandem in 1978. Her other main area of interest is system architecture evolution. She has an M.S. degree in computer science from Stanford University.
  • I am part of the integrated marketing team focused on HP Moonshot System and HP Scale-up x86 and Mission-critical solutions.

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