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What if Your IT Data Center Needs to Take a Pit Stop?

A pit stop is where a racing vehicle stops in the “pits” during a race for refueling, new tires, repairs, mechanical adjustments, a driver change, or any combination of the above.

 

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In any racing series that permits scheduled pit stops, pit strategy becomes one of the most important features of the race. This is because a race car traveling at 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour) will travel approximately 150 feet (45 meters) per second. During a 10-second pit stop, all of a car's competitors will gain approximately one-quarter mile (one-half kilometer) over the stopped car.

 

 

Your IT data center is in the same type of race.

 

With global competition and customers in multiple time zones, businesses require 24x7x365 availability for their IT services as a precondition of staying viable. Today, supply chains extend across continents, and end-to-end applications span computing tiers. Computing plays a vital role in supporting these uninterruptible business processes.

 

 

But what if your data center needs to take a pit stop?

 

How quickly can you service the components, systems, or applications to get back up and running—before your competitors gain an edge?

 

With HP Superdome 2 (watch the video), serviceability is an easy, quick, and tool-less exercise that requires no special training. Some key serviceability features include the following:

 

 

  • The Intel Itanium processor modules can be replaced in their sockets without any special tools or training—in less than 30 seconds
  • The Superdome 2 employs the HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosure design to gain more serviceability through hot-swap power supplies and fans
  • The Superdome 2 cross-bar boards are individually serviceable while the machine is online, without using any special tools

 

Serviceability is one of the key criteria mission-critical customers consider when purchasing their high-end systems, like the HP Superdome 2.

 

Read more in the IDC whitepaper, "Evaluation of Mission-Critical Computing Systems: Key Criteria for High-End Systems Customers" by Jean Bozman and Matthew Eastwood (June 2011).

 

 

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