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Let the facts speak: Itanium-based Integrity server support goes well beyond 2021!!!

HP is committed to your business and your success.  In fact, HP puts Customers First.   Let me share the facts with you.  

  •  HP recently confirmed plans to continue the development and innovation of Itanium-based Integrity NonStop and Integrity server platforms with our HP-UX and OpenVMS operating systems for more than 10 years. 
  • HP’s current plan is to support Intel Poulson-based Integrity server platforms through at least 2021.
  • HP has extended the end of support for HP-UX 11i v3 Operating System until December 31, 2020 and will be available on Intel Poulson and Kittson-based Integrity servers.  OpenVMS 8.4 operating system sales and support are committed to be aligned with sales of Intel Poulson-based Integrity servers.
    • Although Oracle has announced its plans to not offer future versions of Oracle products for Intel Itanium based servers, Oracle will continue to support current versions under their Oracle Lifetime support policy for many years to come.  This will give customers sufficient time to work with HP to create a strategy to reduce their dependence on the Oracle stack.

At HP, we understand that unplanned change to product roadmaps is disruptive to our customers in maintaining the stability and continuity required for mission-critical environments.    HP is committed to keeping the trust of our customers.    Details of HP’s continued commitment to HP-UX, OpenVMS and HP Integrity is shared below. 




 Integrity server, HP-UX and OpenVMS Operating Systems Support

Legacy servers typically remain active for 12-18 months after new systems are introduced.  Server upgrades and accessories (processors, memory, etc.) will typically remain active for 12-18 months after the server goes end of life (EOL).  Minimum support commitment is typically 5-years after a server goes EOL.  HP’s current plan is to support Poulson-based Integrity server platforms through at least 2021.  With a planned release of Kittson-based Integrity servers somewhere in mid-2015, EOL dates are beyond 2021.



Planned SR

Server EOL

Accessories/ Upgrade EOL

Minimum Support Commitment

Integrity with Poulson processor


End 2016


End 2021

Integrity with Kittson processor



12-18 months after server EOL

5-years after server EOL


For most operating systems, the standard support lifecycle ranges between 7-10 years.  As we previously announced, due to customer demand and feedback from the field, HP has extended the end of support for the HP-UX 11i v3 operating system until  Dec. 31, 2020.  The end of sales and minimum support commitment for HP-UX 11i v3 operating system will now be extended to align with sales of Kittson-based Integrity servers. OpenVMS 8.4 operating system sales and support are committed to be aligned with sales of Poulson-based Integrity servers.



Take the Time to Tour HP Integrity Superdome 2

Just a quick post today to let those of you interested in learning more about our powerful, mission-critical HP Integrity Superdome 2 know that we have an interactive tool where you can take a tour of the unit, and click on hot spots to get detailed information on individual features like the active cool fans, on-board administrator, Serviceguard Solutions for HP-UX 11i v3, I/O expanders and much more.

Mission Critical Quality - The Customer defines it, not the vendor

Between Intel's new introductions of Xeon processors with technology first introduced into Itanium over a decade ago and the concerning outages of Amazon commerical cloud services and Sony's PlayStation network, there is a lot of buzz around wondering about the quality and availability of IT systems. Since we've been shipping Mission Critical infrastructrure for over three decades, I thought it might be useful to talk about how I think about how I define quality and the heritage of engineering and experience that have formed my work on Mission Critical systems.

Itanium and IT Vendor Commitment - One Issue, Many Voices

There has been a ton of coverage in the media (social and traditional) about Oracle's actions dropping all future development on Itanium and HP, partner and customer response .  Here's a collection of several of the key pieces....

Modern day ”Where’s Waldo?” staring Oracle

Itanium in not dead according to articles, blogs, tweets—there’ve been a great number of each  on this subject during the last four weeks.  If you’re like me and you’ve distilled all of this information into the major takeaway moments you would have reached the same conclusion I have, namely; “where’s Oracle?” No words from the faithful myrmidons at Oracle on: “maybe we should have thought this through a little better”, “maybe we should reconsider”, “maybe the user community has legitimate complaints”, “maybe we should reopen the discussion.” Lots of maybes, a ton of questions and no real answers from the instigator. Where’s Oracle? Good question. WHERE IS Oracle?

Tags: hp| Intel| Itanium| Oracle
Labels: HP| Intel| Itanium| Oracle

The Trend to Cloud

There has been a lot written about the Oracle decision to stop development for Intel Itanium-based servers. While there is a lot of speculation on why Oracle decided to leave many joint customers without a solution there is a one thing that is clear. Oracle is focusing on workload optimized systems and trying to force HP out of that business.


Change is hard enough without your software vendor changing the rules

So you spend your time in the IT world to make your business hum.   It seems every day is another opportunity to enable your business to grow, overcome a competitive obstacle, or reduce operating costs to be more competitive.   At times, you may feel like a one armed paper hanger trying to balance all the priorities coming at you.    You try to plan the best you can, but you should not expect one of the obstacles to be your software vendor changing the landscape in a way that may negatively impact, or derail, your best laid plans.  

Since purchasing Sun, Oracle has made a number of changes with adverse affects to you in IT:


1)      MySQL pricing remained constant
          Not anymore.


2)      Doubles price of Oracle database on Itanium 9300 processors .   
         Oracle doubles the license price for Integrity servers, while reducing the software pricing for
         Sun SPARC servers.


3)      Oracle abandons OpenSolaris .  
         Attributing the lack of help from Oracle, the OpenSolaris group disbands.


4)      Changes in Solaris on x86 pricing.  
         Oracle no longer allows 3rd party support for Solaris on x86.


5)      Oracle stops development on Integrity servers.  
         This, in spite of Integrity servers having large stable installed base, vs. Sun SPARC who
         continue to see double digit decline in marketshare.


6)      Cancelled rebate program for federal partners .
         The rebates available to Sun resellers in the federal space to help clients with testing and

         installation were killed by Oracle.


A “good business decision” is one that benefits both you (the client) and the vendor.  A “selfish business decision” is one that primarily benefits the vendor.   Just ask yourself if the aforementioned changes were “good” or “selfish”.  If you answered “selfish” to most, then you should be asking yourself – what’s next?  What other decisions will be made that will primarily benefit your software vendor?  


A segue in to “a good business decision” would be pointing you to other companies that have reduced their TCO while increasing their IT agility with HP’s Converged Infrastructure.  Click here for more information.



People, Technology, Powerful Ideas Converge at Upcoming HP Discover Event

HP Discover event small banner.JPGHP DISCOVER is fast approaching in the US June 6-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The event will showcase game-changing innovations in software, servers, storage, services, and networking that will help shape the next decade of IT.  It's bringing together people, technology and really powerful ideas on the topics people in IT are buzzing about the most like Cloud, Application Transformation, Converged Infrastructure and more.  It is not to be missed.  Here's some highlights and some mission-critical sessions you may want to check out....

Intel commitment to Itanium confirmed AGAIN at event in China

Good news is worth repeating!    Share the news from the Intel Developer Forum in Bejing this week.   Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager, Intel Data Center Group, confirmed again Intel’s commitment to Itanium.   During his keynote, Kirk reaffirmed Intel’s strong support for Itanium and announced that the next-gen Itanium processor, Poulson, will launch on schedule in 2012.   Highlights of planned enhancements to Poulson include double performance, RAS advancements, bandwidth improvements, and 54MB on-die memory.  


Others obviously recognize the value of Itanium.  Intel has added two more Itanium partners: Huawei Technologies and Inspur.    


HP puts customers first and is committed to continuing the development and innovation of Itanium-based Integrity servers.    Commitment—1 word, 10 characters—priceless!   When was the last time you heard this word used in conjunction with customers and Oracle?


Follow this link for more information on how HP puts Customers first



VP of Marketing, Business Critical Systems

HP partners to Oracle… “What happened to customer first?”

Several leading resellers and system integrators openly discuss Oracle’s decision and its potential to negatively impact their customers, their business opportunities, as well as the industry at large. Partner testimonials reinforce the fact that Oracle’s decision limits the number of options in the market, forcing enterprise organizations into a locked-in environment that will drive up costs while hindering their ability to innovate for their business.

CAUTION! Evaluate Vendor Reliability, Availability, Serviceability (RAS) Features Carefully

Why is RAS so important? A rock solid IT infrastructure with top notch Reliability, Availability and Serviceability  is the underpinning of an Always-On environment and probably the most important long term factor in a purchase decision when it comes to mission-critical systems.  Here's a look at how HP engineers have elevated system RAS for HP Integrity with HP-UX and some white papers comparing HP to Oracle/Sun.


Guest blog by Cindy Tentler, BCS/ HP-UX Product Marketing



Tech Webinar for HP 9000 Users: Simplify Application Migration

HP 9000 Containers Webinar.JPGNew HP 9000 Containers allow you to simply bring your entire HP 9000 ecosystem over to new HP Integrity servers and get right back to work.

Join us for this technical HP Webinar and discover the ins and outs of how HP 9000 Containers work to create multiple virtual HP 9000 environments on HP Integrity servers running HP-UX 11i v3.....

Why Itanium makes a difference, and Oracle’s actions don’t make sense!

The past 2 weeks have been challenging for HP customers.   Once the initial shock and concern about   Oracle’s announcement to discontinue future software development on the Intel Itanium microprocessor settled in, customers  united in their response to have their voices heard.   This united response created an amplified voice in the market.   Let me give you a HUGE thank you!   You do make a difference.   You chose not to accept this decision quietly.  You took action!     If you haven’t yet seen Chris Koppe, Connect President, please take a look at his message to you. 


Analysts have been vocal and supportive of the impact this decision has on customers as well.  Check out a few of the reactions including Rob Enderlee’s/ITBusinessEdge Oracle Tries to Beat Itanium to Death with a FUD Stick post  and Jonathan Eunice’s/cnet  The end of comity in IT post.


HP strongly values the relationship we have with our customers and partners and remains committed to supporting you and your IT environment.  HP is committed to continuing the development and innovation of Itanium-based Integrity servers for more than 10 years.  And, we will continue to support our HP-UX and OpenVMS customers running existing versions of Oracle software on Itanium-based Integrity servers, both existing and future platforms, consistent with Intel’s processor roadmap.   In addition, Intel CEO Paul Otellini also pledged Intel’s commitment to Itanium customers, stating that they “remain firmly committed to delivering a competitive, multi-generational roadmap for HP-UX and other operating system customers that run the Itanium architecture.” 


Let’s keep the pressure on Oracle!   One customer voice can make a difference.  Speak up and be heard.  It only takes a few customers to grow into a wave of many,  many customers reactions in the market.     Every customer and partner voice needs to be heard.  Take action and share your thoughts with Oracle go to the online petition.    Let’s hope that Oracle listens.

 Follow this link for more information on how HP puts Customers first

VP Marketing, Business Critical Systems

I/O Convergence, Addressing Customer Wants and Business Needs

I am a member of HP’s Business Critical Systems Server Product Marketing team. I am here to share with you my perspectives on storage/networking connectivity options for HP Integrity servers and listen to what’s on your mind in this space (Seriously - see my listening “headphones” avatar!). In this article, I wanted to talk about I/O convergence and its relevance to customers.


One of the reasons I like the Converged Infrastructure approach is because it is all about solving customer problems rather than being lacquered with marketing hype. The beauty of HP’s Converged infrastructure solution is that it’s grounded in practicality rather than hyperbole and enables a win-win context for customers and HP. Why?


It’s a fact: people have a basic set of needs and wants, which together shape the inspiration and direction of human progress including technological advancements. According to me (and in my own terminology), the key product attributes that drive customer trends in the market are:

  • Quicker – Gets things done faster than before
  • Safer – Reduces uncertainties, increases reliability and eliminates threats
  • Easier – Simpler and intuitive (Simpler is faster and safer too!)
  • Cheaper – Lowers consumption and wastage of limited resources
  • Greater – Allows to do more, to be more, to get more or to give more.


The majority of highly successful products have reached that hallmark of success because they managed to address all of these attributes better than anybody else. Products that are focused on one or two attributes invariably failed to get traction. It’s imperative to provide customers with solutions that enable them to do more, and one of the approaches for making that possible is through convergence. The personal computer--which converge computation, communication, data storage and entertainment into one device—is an example on a smaller scale. “Converging” the capabilities of multiple data centers provides an example on a larger scale.


Another example, I am excited about and which is highly relevant to those of us that work in data center infrastructure, is the convergence of networking and storage data traffic over converged network adapters and switches (HP’s converged network adapter offerings are called FlexFabric adapters and switches).


One of the main pillars of a Converged Infrastructure is the FlexFabric connectivity layer and FlexFabric adapters in conjunction with HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules play a key role in enabling FlexFabric connectivity at the server edge.  A FlexFabric Adapter allows transmission of both networking (10GbE Ethernet) and storage (8Gb Fibre Channel over Ethernet - FCoE) data over the same wire, addressing “all” major attributes customers running a mission-critical infrastructure are focused on:

  • Quicker – Concurrent 10GbE and 8Gb FCoE traffic over the same wire and adapter
  • Safer – Wire once and manage by software – keep the sanctity of physical set-up and reduce errors
  • Easier – Single adapter that meets almost all data center communication needs
  • Cheaper – Frees up IO slots in the server improving overall system bandwidth. Simplified and unified management reduces administration costs. Reduces I/O infrastructure costs.
  • Greater – Allows customer to do more for their business and customers.


Customers using HP Integrity platforms can now take full advantage of HP NC551m Dual Port FlexFabric adapter and HP Virtual Connect 10Gb/24-port FlexFabric module on HP-UX 11iv3 with Integrity server blades (BL860c i2, BL870c i2, BL890c i2). These products are orderable today.


For specific configuration and feature support information, please connect to the QuickSpecs .

Reigning in Mainframe Costs When you have less than 100 MIPS

Common sense tells you that getting off your mainframe is a smart move.  Over the years we have found that there are many IBM Mainframe customers that are 'stuck' in their current system, especially if they are running a smaller mainframe rated at under 100MIPS.  This seems to be most prevalent in enterprises or government agencies where dependence on continuous system operations has kept them from changing.


A development decision that defies (exa)Logic

We recently have heard that Oracle has chosen to stop future development for all their software on the HP Itanium platform. Let’s put aside that Oracle has unilaterally made this decision for their customers, and shelve the fact that this decision was an attempt to gain more control over a company’s IT budget. Let’s instead look at the rationale and logic that was used for this decision:

  • After multiple conversations with Intel senior management.”
    Yet, Intel immediately distanced itself from Oracle with Paul Otellini, Intel CEO, issuing a statement to the contrary, where Intel Reaffirms Commitment to Itanium.
  • Help customers protect their investments
    Whose investments is Oracle trying to protect? Oracle has a history of dropping off platforms to simplify and lower the costs of its own development. It is unclear how limiting choice of platforms, particularly mission-critical platforms such as HP Integrity Superdome systems, helps to protect customer’s investment.
  • Oracle continually evaluates customer demand for its software on server platforms.”
    Now this is the one the really makes me laugh. All you need to do is look at the IDC data mentioned in this blog post by an HP colleague, “Whose clunker do you want cash for?”,  to see that if Oracle followed its own logic it should have stopped software development on Sun SPARC systems…but it didn’t. Hmmm – I wonder why?  


Borrowing the words of the 23rd century Vulcan philosopher, Mr. Spock: “Most illogical.”

What doesn’t defy logic is the reason that companies have continued to select HP Integrity servers as their choice for mission-critical workloads.  Click here to find out why.

Oracle Limits Customer Choice; Refuses to Publish HP Server Benchmark Results

Guest blog by  Martin Whittaker, VP of Engineering


HP servers offer outstanding performance running Oracle software in every environment, from industry standard to mission critical, from scale-out to scale-up, from ProLiant to Integrity. But customers can’t make critical comparisons on price and performance because Oracle won’t let them. They refuse to publish benchmark results with HP servers, even though they have audited benchmark results that are ready for publication.

Trust HP to support your HP-UX investments!!

Guest blog by Katie Curtin-Mestre, Director, HP BCS Software Planning and Marketing



HP has announced that it will continue support of and is committed to develop innovative enhancements to HP-UX for more than 10 years.

HP's X86 Scale Up Servers Kick Up Another Notch (or Two!)

HP again raised the bar with our ProLiant scale-up x86 offerings.  They now support the Intel Xeon Processor E7-2800 and E7-4800 (aka "Westmere EX"), and offer increased resiliency, scalability and efficiency to an already superb, award winning product line.  If you've got, or are investigating new servers that can handle large scale x86 data intensive workloads and big databases, these products need to be on your checklist. Here's the skinny on what's new....



Is your vendor confusing your wants and needs for their bottomline?

Guest blog by Doug Oathout,   VP of Converged Infrastructure Strategy


In this time of uncertainty, HP has your best interests at heart. Immediately following the Oracle announcement, HP publically stated that they would continue the development and innovation of the Itanium-based Integrity server with its HP-UX and OpenVMS operating systems using a roadmap extending out beyond the next 10 years. Plus, HP will continue to support customers running existing versions of Oracle software on Itanium-based Integrity servers, both existing and future platforms, during the same timeframe. The result: no upheaval in your current or future plans. This is what we all hope for and need!

Labels: HP| Itanium| Oracle

Commitment?!? Relationships should not be this painful!

Regardless of the relationship, from casual to complex, there always seems to be a ton of questions. While some of us are more analytical than others we’d like to think we logically assess all options in hopes of reaching the right answer—especially when confronted with more complex relationships.  While a myriad of answers to the questions about relations exist, it usually comes down to a simple matter of trust.

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HP Business Critical Systems CTO Talks Data Center of the Future

Podcast Series with HP CTO.pngThe philosophy at HP is design excellence for all of our platforms.  Furthermore, sharing innovation across platforms where it makes sense for the customer problem and solution we are offering is encouraged and commended.  That's also the power of our converged infrastructure strategy -- and something that will truly help customers meet the tough challenges facing the data center of the future.  Our Business Critical Systems Chief Technologist breaks down the success characteristics of mission-critical converged infrastructure in this series...

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