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Influence a Product: HP Integrity Virtual Machines

One of the joys I have in working as part of HP is that I am given the opportunity to influence product priorities and directions from time to time. When those opportunities arise, it is culmination of what I've heard from various sales reps and customers I've spoken with. At best, it is second hand knowledge.

 

Now, however, you have a chance to provide direct input to a product engineering team. The team behind HP Integrity Virtual Machines, part of the partitioning and virtualization environment on HP Integrity Servers, is soliciting customer input on the current usage and future requirements. If you, or someone you know, would like to provide input to the team, there is a survey posted at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22BFZ9A4VP3 . It should take about 5 minutes. I know that the development team would be grateful for any feedback.

 

Finally,  if you are in the US, have a great Thanksgiving!

 

Jacob Van Ewyk

HP-UX. A new voice in town

Written by Katie Curtin-Mestre

Just writing to introduce myself.  My name is Katie Curtin-Mestre and I joined HP in April of this year as Director of Software Planning and Marketing for Business Critical Systems (BCS).  I will be blogging regularly on topics related to HP-UX and the Serviceguard solution portfolio.

HP Tech @ Work: HP-UX 11i and Serviceguard Solutions Updates






It's Wednesday
afternoon, and I have the privilege of hearing MJ Vazquez provide an update on HP-UX.
I have already blogged about many of the new features, so I won't cover that
here. But I will mention a few other things that caught my attention.


 


MJ spoke about
some of the requirements that we find when we speak with customers. From an
availability perspective, customers are happy with our failover capabilities.
However, when we speak about efforts to move to online patching, our customers'
get excited. Reducing planned (and unplanned) downtime is something that she
promised that we are going to continue working on.


 


MJ also
commented on what was needed to create a highly available system, something I
hadn't internalized before. It includes reliability of both the hardware and
software, resiliency to errors, online maintenance to reduce planned downtime,
dynamic reconfiguration to handle changing workloads, security to prevent
problems, and more. Each of these areas has multiple features and capabilities,
so when you think about all the underlying features that go into HP's #1
observed availability, it is astounding.


 


MJ spoke about HP
Insight Dynamics - VSE
. When she polled the audience, about the same number
of people used nPars, vPars, and HP Integrity Virtual machines. Not a big
surprise, but only a few people use HP Secure Resource Partitions (SRP). MJ
mentioned that the benefit of SRP is that you reduce OS images, making patches
easier.


 


There is a big
change in the way HP-UX 11i v3 is licensed that
applies to HP's new Integrity servers that were announced yesterday. Instead of
selling HP-UX 11i v3 on a per core basis, it is now available on a per socket
basis. This means that a 4 socket server last month had 8 cores, and required 8
licenses. With the new servers, a 4 socket server (such as the BL890c i2) has
16 cores. Instead of 16 licenses, it will require 4 per socket licenses in
total. While she didn't mention pricing, HP essentially made the per socket
price the equivalent of 2 per core licenses, so the software price per socket
stays the same while you get twice the number of cores.


 


In addition, if
you are an HP-UX 11i customer who has a current support contract, you can trade
in your per core licenses for per socket licenses ,
essentially at a per socket to per socket rate. So, if you have dual-core
systems, you can trade in two per core licenses for one per socket license.


 


Earlier in the
day, I had caught a HP Serviceguard Solutions presentation. There wasn't much
new functionality, but Daniel Thomas did provide some research on customer
feedback of the value of HP Serviceguard in their environment.


 


So, what do you
want to see in HP-UX? Let us know in the comments, and I will pass them along
to the product teams - the same offer that MJ made to the people in the
audience.


 


Jacob


 

Smarter UNIX






As I have
mentioned a few times now, the HP-UX
11i v3 March 2010
update is now available. Today, I'll take a look at a few
enhancements that make it a little smarter, in addition to the enhancements
that made it easier that I blogged about earlier this week.


 


The Software
Assistant
(SWA) tool update was released on the web in December 2009 and is
included with the March 2010 update. It has replaced Security Patch Check to
patch and security bulletin management on HP-UX 11i v3 systems. It now allows
users to see partial results while the analysis is underway, review past
reports, schedule recurring analysis and export the reports from HP Systems
Insight Manager. SWA now allows non-root users to use SWA to run a bulletin
analysis, ensuring that security compliance can be monitored without
distributing root passwords. And finally, SWA flags patch dependencies both
installed on the system and in the report, so that you don't need to look up
the dependencies. Smarter.


 


If you are a
developer, HP
Code Advisor
, which plugs into Eclipse, does analysis on C and C++ program
to help detect coding errors, porting issues, and security vulnerabilities. It
now had more detail comparison reports, improved defect detection and improved
migration capabilities. There is also new FORTRAN compiler advise built into
the FORTRAN compiler. Smarter - and who knew I would ever mention FORTRAN in a
blog?


 


And speaking of
developers, there are improvements to HP
Caliper with Ktracer
to help resolve performance issues faster. HP Caliper
is a performance analysis and monitoring tool for applications, processes and
systems. Ktrace, integreated into HP Caliper, provides performance analysis
across both the application and the HP-UX kernel. There have been improvements
to improve system reliability, easier trace selection, richer reports, and
improved startup and tear down time. In other words, smarter.


 


The March 2010 update makes HP-UX 11i v3 a little
smarter, and a little easier, to use.


 


Jacob


 

Greener UNIX






HP-UX 11i v3 has
become a little greener following the recent March 2010 Update announcement,
which I summarized in a blog
post
earlier this week. This builds on HP's culture of green. HP was rated
the #1 green company from America's 500 largest corporations by Newsweek, as well as #1 in the
Electronics industry by Climate Counts,
among others.


 


So, how is HP-UX
11i v3 a little more green today? First, we have eliminated most of our printed
manuals in favor of online documentation. Since most customers no longer order
separate printed manuals, you might think that this is a small thing. However,
across HP, it will help eliminate 13 tons of printed material by the end of
2010. It is a big number.


 


Second, HP-UX
11i v3 Operating Environments will be delivered around the world through
e-Delivery, although the rollout in Japan and China has been slightly delayed.
This capability has been available in the Americas for a number of years, but
there are a couple of significant changes. First, electronic delivery will now
be the default media delivery. You can still order physical media, but that
won't be the default. This alone will drastically improve the usage of
e-Delivery. In addition, Operating Environment images, often one or more DVD
images, are now available. This isn't a huge issue in some parts of the world,
but for customers who don't have large amounts of bandwidth, download DVD
images has been an issue.  This, and
other software packaging changes, will help eliminate 142 tons of corrugated
boxes and other packaging material from HP's software products by the end of
2010.


 


Overall, these
changes help eliminate 155 tons of packaging and paper. It is a decent next
step to help make HP-UX 11i v3 a little greener.


 


Jacob


 

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