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OpenVMS V8.4 now available on rx2800 i2 servers

HP announced the support of OpenVMS v8.4 on HP Integrity rx2800 i2 server on February 14, 2011. HP Integrity rx2800 i2, the latest addition to their new Integrity Systems portfolio, is a two-socket rackmount server.  OpenVMS V8.4 on rx2800 i2 servers is ideal for branch offices and departments in addition to large and medium enterprise data centers.

HP Integrity Servers and Energy Star Tier 2

Did you know that there is an Energy Star certification for servers? More information is at http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=ent_servers.enterprise_servers. Did you know that HP had the first Energy Star certified servers (several HP ProLiant servers)?


I attended a stakeholders meeting with the EPA last week to discuss their proposals for Energy Star Tier 2 . It was a productive meeting, and I was there to try and get more servers, such as blade servers and servers with more than 4 sockets to be covered by Energy Star.


However, this brought up an interesting question, particularly for mission critical servers. While some of the requirements are for manufacturing issues, such as efficient power supplies, there are also requirements for power reporting, and likely with Tier 2, active power management. This raises an interesting question. We have recently introduced some power management features in HP-UX 11i v3 (updates 3 and 4, http://h20341.www2.hp.com/enterprise/w1/en/os/hpux11i-power-cooling-overview.html). Some features, such as Green Idle Processors and Green Active Processors (also known as c-states and p-states) can reduce power consumption today and have minimal to no performance impact (ex. <10 ms), except in situations where very fast response time is key. By default, we've disabled the power management settings, since they might potentially impact performance. The EPA will likely require them to be turned on by default if we want to use them for qualification purposes.


Should HP just enable dynamic power management, with little to no performance impact, for all servers? Or should we ship all servers set to have the maximum performance by default, as we do now? What do you think?


 


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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.
  • Kirk Bresniker is the Vice President/Chief Technologist for HP Business Critical Systems where he has technical responsibility for all things Mission Critical, including HP-UX, NonStop and scalable x86 platforms. He joined HP in 1989 after graduating from Santa Clara University and has been an HP Fellow since 2008.
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