Today’s data centers are often space constrained and challenged by how to power and cool a complex infrastructure. Often systems are not flexible enough to adapt as business needs change, especially when mission-critical requirements absolutely must be met without fail. HP’s Blade Link redefines blade scaling by allowing you to really easily join together and manage multiple blades to create 2, 4 and 8 socket systems that best suit your business needs. Shawn Kroeger, Hardware Design Engineer in our Enterprise Systems Lab helped create the new HP Integrity blade servers and demonstrates how simple it is to scale up with Blade Link and reveals some of the benefits realized (9x performance in half the footprint for example!). Shawn also takes you on a complete tour of inside and out of the new Integrity server blade if you want to dig into the processors, iLO, DIMM slots, NICs and more.
We’ve also included Bruce Henderson from the UNIX systems lab in this video to explain how HP-UX offers optimized performance with the new Integrity servers. Learn more about 3 key things: 1) Insight Dynamics VSE for maximizing utilization of server resources 2) Serviceguard to maximize availability and service level of resources in your environment and 3) Insight Control Manager to deploy and optimize resources effectively. Here’s the video:
This is the final blog in my three part Meet the HP Integrity Server Engineers series. Part 1 addressed the Common Modular Infrastructure and Part 2 digs into Flex Fabric and resiliency enhancements of Integrity. Each video is under 7 minutes in length. I hope you find them useful.
Please let us know what else you’d like to hear from our HP Engineers about our mission-critical converged infrastructure. Comments welcomed!
We've posted serveral topics on Mission-Critical Musings about how HP has accelerated innovation to address IT sprawl and ballooning data complexity challenges enterprises face today. Recently HP announced new Integrity Servers, updates to HP-UX 11i v3, and the industry's first mission-critical converged infrastructure. The innovation doesn't stop there. If you haven't heard about it yet, HP has a major event coming up in June in Las Vegas -- the HP Technology Forum. HP subject matter experts and strategists will discuss what's new with Converged Infrastructure, the standards-based, integrated solutions and services driving the data center of the future.
Special sessions will include:
1455: Executive Showcase - An Overview of Converged Infrastructure in Action
1909: Convergence Without Compromise - HP Virtual Connect
1488: New Superdome 2 Platform HW management
1550: New Integrity Servers are Here
1884: With OpenVMS Your Future is Secure
1795: What's new with HP Serviceguard on HP-UX Solutions
The HP Technology Forum was developed by technical people for technical people. This year, to balance the hands-on labs, solution overviews, and technical deep-dives, the conference offers a dedicated Business Track. Sessions will focus on technology implementation and integration, plus reducing complexity, resource requirements, and costs in order to shift IT budget toward innovation. Special topics: data de-duplication, sustainable IT, migration issues, cloud computing, security, business continuity, and more. Headlining each of the 2010 technology tracks, Super Sessions will feature HP strategists and subject matter experts providing context for breakouts in this year's key technology areas. In addition to discussing emerging IT trends, presenters will talk about critical challenges to overcome for optimal returns on technology investments. The 2010 Expo has been completely redesigned with a sharp new look and layout for showcasing technologies, solutions, and services from over 90 of the world's leading IT companies
In addition to presentations by some of today's IT thought leaders, we'll also have performances by two of today's comedy greats...
Jake Johannsen: A favorite on the Late Show with David Letterman, Johannsen's talent as a comedian, writer, and actor has been celebrated by People Magazine and the American Comedy Awards.
Jim Gaffigan: One of the best-known comedians today, Gaffigan co-authored Pale Force for NBC.com with Conan O'Brien and has acted in high-profile shows including That 70's Show, Sex and the City, and Law & Order.
This year all of the 40+ hands-on labs will be located in a single hall, making it easier for you to participate in more of these popular sessions. Individual sessions fill up quickly, so log in to the Session Scheduler early to take your pick and reserve your place. The 2010 roster of 2-hour labs includes:
1546: Hands on with the HP Blade System Matrix
1361: Implementing HP Serviceguard Storage Management Suite for HP-UX 11iv3
1432: Windows Server 2008 r2 installation on Integrity Servers
1429: Managing Virtual Machines in the network
Browse the other hands-on labs in the Public Catalog.
New this year, you may submit requests for one-to-one meetings with HP subject matter experts directly via the Session Scheduler. If you've already registered, log in to see a complete list of HP participants and request a meeting.
Also, we've moved THE Party! to Wednesday night so more attendees will have a chance to enjoy the phenomenal performers lined up for this year's event: the Goo Goo Dolls and Roger Daltrey!
Hope you can attend - it should be a great event!
I caught Ken
2 technical session at HP Technology @ Work (#HPTAW). He started out by
giving an overview of the key values of the new Superdome 2 server.
- Common management across
ProLiant and Integrity including BladeSystem Matrix/Insight Dynamics,
Onboard Administrator, and iLO3.
- Common enclosures and
spares, which I've already mentioned a few times. It will be a common
theme this week.
- Fault tolerant fabric
with end-to-end retry for all transactions in the chipset. Every
transaction is tracked to completion, rerouted through a secondary path if
needed, and allows independent scaling of I/O and CPU. This allows
customers to optimize Superdome 2 for their specific workload - whether it
is CPU intensive or an I/O intensive workload.
- Superdome 2 Analysis
Engine provides constant monitoring and analysis of system fault data. The
server also self heals by driving responses to failure - in other words,
instead of a simple error message, it also suggests how to fix it. If the
first fix doesn't work, it knows that to try next. It is kind of like
adding an HP service engineer with every system.
- Online Serviceability
with tool free hot pluggable components. While we didn't have systems in
this session, I will say that the tool free demo was impressive during
Martin Fink's keynote and server tear down demo.
investment protection for the next decade
- Superdome was available
for 10 years. This platform will take us through quite a few years more.
There is a stable and committed roadmap for 3 Itanium processor
generations. It runs HP-UX 11i v3, so applications don't need to be
Ken got into a
lot more details about the server, including it's architecture. I can't cover
it all here, but if you would like to know more, let me know. It could be a
topic over the next few months. All I know is that it is great to finally be
able to talk and blog about these systems, which we've been working on for
years. Although I think that Ken's enthusiasm level still beats mine!
Late last week,
I had the opportunity to spend some time on the phone with a customer who had a
large UNIX install base, but was considering HP and HP-UX 11i v3 for the first
time. The account team was on site, and obviously covered many more topics than
I did during my 45 minutes on the phone. However, I found the customer's
response to what I had to say quite interesting, and it got me thinking about
server design, and real-world customer problems.
While I covered
the whole software portfolio, the customer really had questions about two areas
- our high availability and disaster recovery portfolio, and our orchestration
capabilities. In fact, I ended up going back to our orchestration products multiple
times, just to answer all of their questions. The customer was amazed that HP
Insight Orchestration, as part of our Converged Infrastructure, could automate
such a big part of their day to day provisioning process. To them, this would
help solve a huge operational problem - reducing the ongoing maintenance costs
as part of their overall it budget. This is something HP experienced - reducing
maintenance and operations from 70% of the IT budget and reducing it to around
30% of the IT budget. The first model was making IT unsustainable.
This got me
thinking about the what our customers ask for in new servers. Everyone expects
that the new servers will offer more performance than the previous generation.
Everyone expects that power consumption will drop. These are good
characteristics, but is that all the innovation you want from your server
vendor? A faster chip, but in the same old box - what comes to my mind when I see the new POWER 7 servers.? With the same old maintenance
issues? A vendor who makes great hardware, but looks at customers as support
annunities? A vendor who isn't invested in reducing maintenance as percentage
of your IT budget - solving the big IT problem?
released their new Itanium 9300 processor, and HP will announce its new systems
within 90 days. My question: will they just be the same old servers, just with
a faster processor? Or will they be something more for mission critical
environments? Will HP take steps to help our customers dig out from their
maintenance costs? What are you looking for in these new servers?