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Easier UNIX






As I've
mentioned here a few times already, HP-UX 11i v3 March 2010 update is now
shipping. There are a number of new capabilities, but let's take a look at some
of the things that are now a little easier.


 


First, from a LVM
perspective, it now allows you to boot directly from an LVM L2 volume. The
volume layout was changed, and the LVM 2.0 volumes allow for a lot more
scalability. There are a few other changes, including LVM Snapshots, and
LVMove, which helps automate the process of moving volumes. 


 


The March 2010
release improved the management for HP
Integrity Virtual Machines v4.2
. It has improved system management by
offering automatic memory reallocation providing better utilization and more
flexibility. It has a storage reporting tool to report on the mapping between
virtual and physical storage, a big time saver whenever you need to make
storage modifications. It has better network management with guest-tagged VLAN
support providing additional flexibility. Finally, to improve the integration
between HP Integrity Virtual Machines and HP Serviceguard Solutions, there is a
new Integrity VM Serviceguard Toolkit enhancements to monitor not just the
virtual machine guest, but also the application running inside of the guest.
This provides multi-level protection in the cluster: failover if the server
fails, if the virtual machine guest fails, or if the application inside of the
guest fails.


 


While many
customers use HP Integrity Virtual Machines, a number of customers,
particularly those who are looking to reduce their maintenance costs for large
shared-services deployments, like to use application stacking within a single
instance of HP-UX 11i v3. For customers who are interested in using Secured
Resource Partitions in SAP, HP has released a reference architecture (Link: PDF).
HP is also developing a reference architecture for Oracle and Secure Resource
Partitions which should be published this month. Reference architectures make
it much easier to implement not only the technology with the application, but
also include best practices to make life easier.


 


Finally, to make
life easier for developers, HP has updated the default versions of the C and C++ compilers. These
compilers not only use the latest standards, but offer higher performance.
There are also features which make it much easier to port GNU applications to
HP-UX 11i v3 using these compilers.


 


These new
features are another step towards making HP-UX 11i v3 systems easier to use for
our customers.


 


Jacob


 

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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.
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