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Meet the HP Integrity Server Builders - Part 1 Common Modular Infrastructure

I’d like to share with you some information straight from our engineering team about our new HP Integrity servers that we announced at the end of April.  In this first video, Arlen Roesner, lead mechanical engineer in our HP Enterprise Systems Lab, talks about the common modular infrastructure of the new Superdome 2 platform.  He discusses how it is built on the new Blade Scale architecture,  reducing the number of individual components a data center needs to certify and carry, helping customers save considerable money and time.  Arlen demonstrates the commonality of the C7000 platform and the Superdome 2 platform including use of the same onboard administrator, common power supplies, cooling and more – watch him swap a few items out in this video to show how easy it is to do, even while the system is powered on.



If you struggle with the issues associated with having lots of different platforms running on different operating systems to support a vast array of specific applications in your business, we invite you to check out HP’s new way of thinking – mission-critical converged infrastructure.   Please tell us what you think, and what else you’d like to hear about from our HP engineering team.


I’ll be posting other engineering videos in the next few days.

Up close with Superdome 2 on the show floor at HP's Tech@Work

HP's 2010 Tech@Work event just wrapped up and we hope that those that were able to attend enjoyed themselves and took the opportunity to get a personal tour of the all the components of the industry's first mission-critical Converged Infrastructure at the central booth.  Whenever I visited the showroom floor I observed many people crowded around the new Superdome 2, eager to get a front to back demonstration of what's new, up close:

 

 

 

          

 

Of particular interest was the incredible ease and flexibility of swapping in and out blades and componentry to fit the customer's own business requirements and appreciation for those common components such as power and cooling that can really help eliminate hassle and save money and time. HP staffers like Ian Henderson showed how the new blades fit into the existing c-class chassis and just how truly flexible and easy to manage it all is.  My colleague Kristie was on hand with her video camera, so we thought we'd share what others were seeing if you didn't have the opportunity to join us in Germany.

 

 

We have many more videos and interviews that we'd like to share, so I encourage you to please visit our virtual event site www.hp.com/go/witness if you haven't already, and continue to keep coming back since we'll be loading more content up over the next few weeks.

 

Thanks to all of the HP staffers and organizers that worked so hard to put together a great show, and my compliments to the gracious citizens of Frankfurt - you have a lovely city with very hospitable people and delicious food!  I can't wait to attempt to make your famous green sauce myself one day soon.

 

~Cynthia

HP Tech @ Work: Scalable and Mission Critical Windows Solutions






Well, it is
Thursday morning, and the last day of Tech @ Work. I'm catching one last
session before heading to the airport. While I often blog about HP-UX, this
time I'm trying to learn a little more about Windows, especially for mission
critical environments.


 


Laurence
Grizaud, the speaker, started out covering some of the trends in the industry:
things like pressure to reduce underutilized servers, reducing physical servers
using virtualization, and things like that.


 


Laurence  talked about the needs to be scalable,
reliable, and operationally efficient. While scale out is one way to increasing
resources, she focused on scale up solutions. Windows runs on  everything from a 2 socket server to a
Superdome with 64 sockets and 128 cores and 256 threads. Windows 2008 R2 now
supports up to 128 cores, up to 2 Tb of memory, and up to 192 I/O slots that
are available on the Superdome. This provides a stable platform for large OLTP,
Business Intelligence, and Data warehouse workloads, for server consolidation
using VMware, Hyper-V, or database instance stacking, or for I/O or memory
constrained applications that require the added scalability.


 


At the end of
the day, the scaling requirements of your application will usually determine
whether you use a scale up or scale out model. For instance, SQL 2008 R2 will
be able to balance its workload across all 256 logical processors (threads) on
a current Superdome. HP offers servers that can work in either scenario.


 


If you are going
to add a whole bunch of workloads to a single server, the impact of an outage
is much more serious since it impacts more workloads. That usually requires a
more reliable and resilient infrastructure. A more reliable system means less
problems. A more resilient server means that if there is a problem, the server
doesn't fail and bring down the workloads. This extends to extended distance
clusters to provide availability even if a server, or datacenter, goes down.


 


Finally, there
is a requirement for operational efficiency. Most customers have Window servers
running somewhere in their environment. If you are looking for a scale up,
mission critical Windows server, it should use the same tools and processes as
you already use on smaller systems. HP includes the HP Insight Foundation, and
offers the HP Insight Control and HP Insight Dynamics across all of our servers
that offer Windows support.


 


HP mission
critical Windows servers - offering scalability, resiliency, and operational
efficiency. Do you use scale up Windows servers? If so, what applications do
you run, and what hardware do you utilize.


 


Well, this is
just about it for me at Tech @ Work this year. It has been a great time with
the new product introductions, meeting customers and colleagues, and listening
to some great speakers. I'm on the road for a few weeks in the APJ region, so
blog updates might be a little more sparse. Hopefully you have found the team
coverage of Tech @ Work interesting.


 


Jacob


 

HP-UX 11i v3 on YouTube

 


Well, it is a slow news week in the enterprise space, so I figured that I would send out something fun. We've recently posted a couple of videos about the high level value proposition for HP-UX 11i v3. They are available at:


 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGOUakRlHa8


 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH9aM9QvDA0


 


 


Of course, there are a number of other videos on YouTube. They include the Disaster Proof video from a few years ago, posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMCHpUtJnEI. I actually have a piece from those blown up systems, and I've seen many other pieces, courtesy of one of my former managers who was actually there when they blew up the systems. While the video includes HP-UX 11i, it also includes Windows, Linux, OpenVMS, and NonStop running on HP Integrity servers. Proof, once again, that HP delivers resilient, mission critical environments.


 


Jacob

Transatlantic Training and Remembrance Day

Well, I'm at 36,000 feet and coming up on Fort McMurray (yes, I've been to Fort Mac) on a flight back from London on Remembrance Day .


As a Canadian, now living in the US (San Jose), I miss the minute or two of silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. While I had just boarded the plane in London at 11 am and personally observed a few minutes of silence (with no one to talk to, it wasn't hard), it was great to see the whole terminal come to a halt for a few minutes from my window seat on the plane. We should never forget those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.


Why am I on my way back from London? November is the start of a new fiscal year at HP, and after a tough 2009, we're getting out at least a little to provide training for our sales forces around the world. There are two main goals - inform and invigorate! If you are a HP customer, ask your specialist sales rep what they learned, what's new, and perhaps even what is coming up this year.


As always, spending time with sales reps from around the world is always a lot of fun and a great way to share, but also a great way to learn about what is happening with customers. While I get to speak to a dozens of customers every year through the HP Executive Briefing Center, the opportunity to speak to dozens of sales reps gives me a much broader understanding of what is happen with our customers.

Not a surprise after this past year, many of our customers are doing what HP did - do what you need to to survive 2009. However, there seems to be optimism that 2010 will be a much better year.


One of the other themes that came up time and time again was productivity, and helping customers move from spending a lot of time and effort on maintenance to spending the majority of their time and effort on new development and enhancements which make their business more productive. Whether it is through management (ex. HP SIM -http://h18013.www1.hp.com/products/servers/management/hpsim/index.html), further server automation of both physical and virtual environments (ex. Insight Orchestrator - http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/solutions/insightdynamics/provision.html), capacity planning (ex. Capacity Advisor -http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/solutions/insightdynamics/optimize-capacity.html), or many other ways, the biggest inhibitor tends to be that people are just too busy maintaining their existing systems to invest the time to implement the technologies that would make them more efficient. In many cases, our customers have even purchased the licenses or HP has provided it as an update to an existing license, such as with the enhancements to the HP-UX 11i v3 Operating Environments .


One example: I asked our sales reps how long it took their customers to provision a new server once a request was received. Many of the sales reps said weeks to months. One sales rep said 5 minutes. His customer is using their time much more efficiently than most of the customers the sales reps in the room work with. I'm sure it took the customer an investment of time and energy to get to that point. I know that it took HP a significant investment in process re-engineering to go from provisioning 1 server a day to being able to do ~100 per day, with the same number of people. However, that effort makes the customer, as well as HP in our case, more competitive.



So, if customers don't have the time to invest in the technologies and processes that would reduce their maintenance efforts, how can we help them get there? Should we provide more compelling business cases (although we try to do that already)? Do we bring in HP Technology Services to help our customers implement these technologies? Or do we just let our customers use their existing processes, even if they aren't efficient? Or is lack of time just an excuse for other reasons that they don't want to implement additional management technologies? Your thoughts and ideas are appreciated.


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.
  • 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.
  • I’m the worldwide marketing manager for HP NonStop. I’ll be blogging and tweeting out news as it relates to NonStop solutions – you can find me here and on twitter at @CarolynatHP
  • Cynthia is part of the HP ExpertOne team. ExpertOne offers professional IT training and certifications from infrastructure refresh to areas that span across the datacenter like Cloud and Converged Infrastructure.
  • Hi, I work on the HP Servers team as HP-UX worldwide product marketing manager. I´m interested in how customers use our technology and will be blogging about their stories and on how our products evolve to help their businesses be always on.
  • I have worked with NonStop systems since 1982. I am a Master Technologist for HP and am part of the IT SWAT organization, the Cloud SWAT and work with HP Labs. I report into the Enterprise Solutions and Architecture organization.
  • Joe Androlowicz is a Technical Communications and Marketing manager in HP’s NonStop Product Division. Joe is a 25 year journeyman in information systems design, instructional technologies and multimedia development. He left Apple Computer for Tandem Computers to help launch G03 and hasn’t looked back yet. He previously managed the program management team for the NonStop Education and Training Center and drove the development and growth of the NonStop Certification programs.
  • Hello! I am a social media manager for servers, so my posts will be geared towards HP server-related news & info.
  • HP Servers, Converged Infrastructure, Converged Systems and ExpertOne
  • Luke Oda is a member of the HP's BCS Marketing team. With a primary focus on marketing programs that support HP's BCS portfolio. His interests include all things mission-critical and the continuing innovation that HP demonstrates across the globe.
  • I am the Superdome 2 Product Manager. My interest is to learn how mission critical platform helps customers and would also like to share my thoughts on how Superdome has been helping customers and will continue to do so.
  • I work in the HP Servers marketing group, managing a marketing team responsible for marketing solutions for enterprise customers who run mission-critical workloads and depend on HP to keep their business continuously running.
  • Mohan Parthasarathy is a Technical Architect in the HP-UX lab. His primary focus currently is in the core kernel, platform enablement and virtualization areas of HP-UX. Mohan has worked on various modules of HP-UX, including networking protocol stacks, drivers, core kernel and virtualization
  • I’ll be blogging about the latest news and enhancements as it relates to HP Moonshot.
  • Greetings! I am on the HP Enterprise Group marketing team. Topics I am interested in include Converged Infrastructure, Converged Systems and Management, and HP BladeSystem.
  • As a Managing Consultant for HP’s Enterprise Solution & Architecture group, I collaborate with client business and IT senior management to understand, prioritize and architect advanced use of data and information, drawing insights required to make informed business decisions. My current focus leverages event-driven business intelligence design techniques and technologies to identify patterns, anticipate outcomes and proactively optimize business response creating a differentiated position in the marketplace for the client.
  • Wendy Bartlett is a Distinguished Technologist in HP’s NonStop Enterprise Division, and focuses on dependability – security and availability - for the NonStop server line. She joined Tandem in 1978. Her other main area of interest is system architecture evolution. She has an M.S. degree in computer science from Stanford University.
  • I am part of the integrated marketing team focused on HP Moonshot System and HP Scale-up x86 and Mission-critical solutions.
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