“What exactly is mission critical?” I assumed if I were to ask this question to experienced IT professionals, I’d receive a single correct and detailed response. I was wrong. What one customer determines to be mission critical is usually fundamentally different than any other. Although the definition varies greatly, the value to the customer remains constant. For the processes that your business simply can’t do without, mission-critical systems are essential. Find out how HP's new Integrity servers can provide that value for your business environment as I breakdown Kirk's podcast.
If you were not able to attend HP Discover Frankfurt and haven't yet visited Discover Online, keep reading to experience the mission critical strategy session.
Our HP engineers took a fresh look at the most prevalent challenges IT managers are facing today -- data center complexity and management costs consuming too much darn budget. That would be enough of a challenge on its own, but our Integrity engineers also need to ensure that any solutions proposed account for the fact that these types of systems strive to never go down and must always be available to handle the most challenging, mission-critical workloads. What’s a better way to deal with these problems given the extra requirements in a mission-critical environment? The engineering team took the renowned resiliency of the Superdome along with the efficiencies of blades, combined them and created Superdome 2.
In Part 1 of this Meet the Builder series, I introduced you to Arlen Roesner. Arlen provided a demonstration of the common modular infrastructure of our new Superdome 2 platform. Today I’d like to share a demonstration of the Flex Fabric and resilience innovations packed into Superdome 2, our flagship for the Integrity line of servers. Wendy Wiehardt, Hardware Design Engineer in our Enterprise Systems Lab also helped create Superdome 2. In this video, she demonstrates how easy it really is to scale up with Integrity systems. You can start with a single cell, 2 socket system and scale up to 8 cells and 16 sockets, all in a single enclosure. If you need even more processing power than that you can connect two enclosures together, and create a 32 socket complex all in a single rack – now that makes life easier. Wendy also shows you what’s inside the blades, digging into the components such as new Intel Itanium 9300 series processors, NICs, built in I/O, VPARs, DIMM slots, iLO and more. Superdome 2 is also designed to be easier to manage and more resilient than ever before with over 100 new innovations built in to ensure against downtime. Our engineers know you don’t want to deal with the hassle and risk of rebooting systems, so she explains more about the numerous resiliency enhancements, and pulls out and replaces a crossbar without having to reboot the system. Please take a few moments to check out Wendy's demo:
Let us know what you think of our new systems, and what else you’d like to hear about from our engineers. If you’d like more detailed information I encourage you to check out our main Integrity site.
I’ll share Part 3 of this series in a couple of days. Hope you find the demos informative.
To finish off
the Wednesday sessions, I caught up with Wolfgang Kocher. He was speaking about
migration, and how HP helps make it a little easier.
HP has a lot of
experience moving customers off of legacy systems, as well as a lot of recent
experience helping Sun and mainframe customers move to another platform. Having
said that, the most important reason customers want to migrate systems is to
switch their IT budget from 70% maintenance and 30% innovation to 30%
maintenance and 70% innovation, a topic I've mentioned more than once. This is
especially important since many industries are trying to control and/or reduce
IT costs while delivering better IT services.
consider infrastructure modernization, they have several options. They need to
find a platform that improves Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), is secure for the
long term, and can simplify and improve data center efficiency.
For this reason,
the HP process starts with a TCO analysis to help our customers figure out if
it makes sense. As an example, in many cases, the support costs, ISV licensing
costs, and power and cooling costs all decrease. In addition, if you go with a
solution with Industry standard components and reduced management costs, it
puts IT resources back into growing the business. And finally, you should find
an option that helps reduce your risk - from a stable vendor, standards-based
technologies, and single vendor support. When the selection includes these
factors, it is a good incentive for customers to modernize an older platform.
HP has a 4 step
migration process: understanding out customers' needs including the total cost
of ownership, planning the migration (including a Proof of Concept, if needed),
execute the migration (including acceptance testing and knowledge transfer), and
ongoing support. HP offers many levels of support and help for customers during
the process. As an example, HP offers software transition kits and, for Solaris
to HP-UX and Solaris to Linux porting kits for developers who want to do a lot
of the work in house.
At the end of
the day, HP has helped hundreds of customers migrate from one platform to
another in the last year. If you are interested in learning more, please let me
I just had an
announcement sent to me that I think you may find interesting.
HP is holding a
global virtual event beginning April 27, 2010 that will introduce their vision
and major announcements regarding their products and solutions for the next era
of mission-critical computing. The event
will feature the announcement overview, demos, papers, info from the live event
in Germany and more. Participants will
also have the opportunity to share reactions to the announcement and ask
questions through live expert chat sessions.
HP promises you can
learn how you can:
service-level agreements dynamically to meet business needs
untapped resources and react faster to new opportunities
the foundation for a converged infrastructure to accelerate business outcomes
In fact, I will be
at the event in Germany, and hope to blog and tweet about it, as will other HP
and non-HP bloggers. Updates from the event will be on twitter at #HPIntegrity.
There will be will several online chat sessions for those who aren't at the event to cover different timezones on April 27th and April 28th.
The same URL will host a video of the event and other material for 8 weeks
after the actual event.