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HP-UX Virtual Partitions (vPar) – Partitioning a server softly

To share or to partition has always been a debate in the world of virtualization. The advent of the cloud as well as the ever increasing customer demand for predictable performance of certain workloads has meant that either of these technologies on their own cannot meet all of the requirements. Have you ever thought - why can’t I have both? With HP Integrity based virtualization solutions, you finally have a choice.

HP-UX 11i v3 File System Performance

A topic that has popped up several times in the past few weeks is File System Performance. I've seen questions about HP-UX 11i v3 file system performance versus Solaris ZFS. I've seen questions about Logical Volume Manager (LVM)  performance. Since many customers run Oracle databases on HP-UX, I've seen questions about the performance of the Concurrent and Direct I/O, especially compared to running Oracle ASM.

 

HP has a whitepaper [PDF] that discusses the results of performance tests that HP has run with an Oracle single instance database to answer some of these questions. We essentially tested the same setup, a 4 socket BL870c blade system with EVA storage, running the different file system mount options. This represents a realistic, real-world type of implementation, unlike some of the unrealistic set ups for large commercial benchmarks.

HP 9000 Containers - A Customer Story

Earlier this week, I had the chance to have a conversation with a long time HP-UX customer. Like many customers, they are looking at the new HP Integrity blades to upgrade multiple 3 to 5 year old systems. However, we ended up discussing something that many customers also have: they have several legacy applications that are still on HP 9000 PA-RISC servers running HP-UX 11i v1.

 

It is a story that I've heard many times with different variations. The customer implemented a software package, and it ended up being discontinued, so there is no newer version for HP Integrity servers. However, it still provides an essential function for the business, running away with old hardware, an OS that is several releases behind the current one, and an unsupported application.

Smartphones and Soccer - Torture Tests for Mission-Critical Computing?

When your business is to provide uninterrupted service to customers, any amount of downtime or service interruption is too much.  The telecommunication industry is a good example of a torture test for mission-critical computing - especially given today's proliferation of smart phones and the increasing appetite more of us have to share our thoughts with each other in email, texts, voice, photos, and video as it happens, on the spot, and sometimes even with our geolocation id'd.  And this is only the beginning.....what's around the corner and what does it mean in your industry?

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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.
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  • 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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