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Easier UNIX

As I've
mentioned here a few times already, HP-UX 11i v3 March 2010 update is now
shipping. There are a number of new capabilities, but let's take a look at some
of the things that are now a little easier.


First, from a LVM
perspective, it now allows you to boot directly from an LVM L2 volume. The
volume layout was changed, and the LVM 2.0 volumes allow for a lot more
scalability. There are a few other changes, including LVM Snapshots, and
LVMove, which helps automate the process of moving volumes. 


The March 2010
release improved the management for HP
Integrity Virtual Machines v4.2
. It has improved system management by
offering automatic memory reallocation providing better utilization and more
flexibility. It has a storage reporting tool to report on the mapping between
virtual and physical storage, a big time saver whenever you need to make
storage modifications. It has better network management with guest-tagged VLAN
support providing additional flexibility. Finally, to improve the integration
between HP Integrity Virtual Machines and HP Serviceguard Solutions, there is a
new Integrity VM Serviceguard Toolkit enhancements to monitor not just the
virtual machine guest, but also the application running inside of the guest.
This provides multi-level protection in the cluster: failover if the server
fails, if the virtual machine guest fails, or if the application inside of the
guest fails.


While many
customers use HP Integrity Virtual Machines, a number of customers,
particularly those who are looking to reduce their maintenance costs for large
shared-services deployments, like to use application stacking within a single
instance of HP-UX 11i v3. For customers who are interested in using Secured
Resource Partitions in SAP, HP has released a reference architecture (Link: PDF).
HP is also developing a reference architecture for Oracle and Secure Resource
Partitions which should be published this month. Reference architectures make
it much easier to implement not only the technology with the application, but
also include best practices to make life easier.


Finally, to make
life easier for developers, HP has updated the default versions of the C and C++ compilers. These
compilers not only use the latest standards, but offer higher performance.
There are also features which make it much easier to port GNU applications to
HP-UX 11i v3 using these compilers.


These new
features are another step towards making HP-UX 11i v3 systems easier to use for
our customers.




HP-UX 11i v3 March 2010 Update Released

HP announced
that the HP-UX
11i v3 March 2010
release is now available. In fact, while the announcement
was today, I believe that it actually started shipping over the course of the
last 10 days in different geographies.


What is new
about this update?


additional products have been added to the HP-UX
11i v3 Operating Environments
. The key new products included with the
Virtual Server and the Data Center Operation Environments are HP Integrity
Virtual Machines Online VM Migration and Insight Dynamics - VSE Infrastructure
. Insight Control power management has been added to all the
operating environments. This drastically increases the value of the software
that is included in the operating environments, which customers who have
current support contracts get at no additional charge.


There are also
product updates: a new version of HP Integrity virtual machines, a new
directory server, additional security certifications, and management
improvements for Logical Volume Manager. If you develop code, HP-UX 11i v3
offers updated tools that comply with newer standards, make porting to HP-UX
11i v3 easier, and help speed up debugging.

Not only does
HP-UX 11i v3 have additional functionality, we've also updated how we deliver
it. Actually, it was earlier this month that we rolled out e-Delivery
for most of the world (China and Japan are in the works). The default for the
HP-UX 11i v3 images and software packages is now a download instead of a
physical media set. Manuals are also electronic, instead of paper. These types
of efforts will contribute to reducing paper manuals by 13 tons and packaging
by 142 tons  across HP by the end of


Finally, it
wouldn't be a proper announcement without a story about HP-UX
11i v3 customers
. For this release, we have published case studies from
customers in the financial sector including Philippine National Bank, State
Bank of India, and Tekstilbank in Turkey.


I will likely
blog a little more about this HP-UX 11i v3 release in the next few weeks.  There is a lot of new functionality, and I
will try to cover some of it in a little more depth.









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