A critical part of my job as SVP and General Manager of the Business Critical Systems division of HP is to examine market trends and demands and direct our teams to pioneer innovations in the best direction for our business and our customers. At the forefront of our decisions is always delivering choice and long term investment protection to our customers. On November 22, we announced that we are extending the HP Converged Infrastructure to redefine the future of mission-critical computing, code-named “Project Odyssey”.
This year I traveled around the world listening to what customers need most from their infrastructure provider and learning about the challenges they face. When it comes to handling their most demanding workloads, clients are asking us to move to extend the proven mission-critical experience that has been delivered for over 25 years on our NonStop and Integrity/HP-UX systems to x86-based systems. We have the experience and ability to make this reality.
By expanding our portfolio of HP Converged Infrastructure offerings we will do what our competitors do not do – transform the server landscape with an integrated, open and SINGLE platform approach for mission-critical computing that is independent of underlying architecture. I am pleased to announce Odyssey” a project to redefine the future of mission-critical computing with a development roadmap that will unify UNIX® and x86 server architectures to bring industry-leading availability, increased performance and uncompromising customer choice to a single platform. Under “Project Odyssey”, we will bring mission-critical innovations to blades with Intel® Xeon® processors for the HP Superdome 2 enclosure (code name “DragonHawk”) and the scalable c-Class blade enclosures (code name “HydraLynx”) while fortifying Windows® and Linux environments with innovations from HP-UX within the next two years.
Our customers will be able to run Microsoft Windows® or Linux on Xeon and get mission-critical capabilities side-by-side with their traditional HP-UX on Itanium workloads in a single platform. Our customers will enjoy an entirely new level of freedom and flexibility to run their applications on the best platform at the right TCO in a simplified environment. For more information please visit our Project Odyssey web page and check back frequently for updates as we bring forth more innovations.
I also want to reassure you that HP is relentlessly focused on delivering innovations on our current mission-critical portfolio. Two update releases for HP-UX 11i v3 are planned in 2012. We will refresh of our Integrity platforms with Intel Itanium “Poulson” processor shortly after its general availability from Intel in 2012, and then Kittson thereafter. We will continue to deliver innovations to HP-UX, NonStop, OpenVMS and Integrity systems in 2012 and into the future, providing investment protection of current technology infrastructures.
Customers will get the best of both worlds from HP when we unify the UNIX and x86 architectures onto a single, optimized, integrated platform. We are committed to your business and your success. With HP’s mission-critical Converged Infrastructure you can be certain of our commitment to helping you achieve competitive advantage now, and in the future.
We are excited about this expanded path for mission-critical computing and hope you are too
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SVP and GM, HP Business Critical Systems