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IBM - Welcome to the Converged Infrastructure (Mainframe Customers Only)

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? If so, what do you make of IBM's recent mainframe announcement when compared to HP's Converged Infrastructure? If you missed it, IBM announced a mainframe upgrade, now called the IBM zEnterprise 196. Like most server upgrades, it has more processing power, more memory, and does so with similar or less power consumption and floor space - likely still at prices that make Superdome 2 servers with similar capabilities look really inexpensive.

Migrate your Mainframe Skills and Extend Your Career

There was a really interesting post this week by John Pickett on one of our other HP blogs -- Legacy Transformation: The Cost of Doing Nothing that I want to draw your attention to since the job market continues to be really tough, the economy is still fighting its way back to health, and IT budgets are under high scrutiny (including staffing levels).  John takes a look at the realities of mainframe budgets and tough tradeoffs that are often considered.  He also looks at keeping skills fresh and relevant in the constantly evolving IT arena and presents some uplifting thoughts on how to parlay mainframe knowledge into some hot tech areas like bladed infrastructure.  Here's an excerpt from his post ....

 

Suppose you are currently a mainframe system admin, and are not ready to retire for another 5-10 years.  After all, the recent economic downturn did turn many of our 401K’s in to 201K’s.     As a system admin, you have acquired over the course of you career, two important, but different, groups of skills: 1) the ability to manage, monitor, and maintain a mainframe; 2) more importantly, you have intimate knowledge of your company’s business processes.     If you are looking to play out your career until retirement, you may be tempted to view the mainframe as your life preserver since you know the mainframe better than anyone else in your company, and because your group of mainframe enthusiasts inside your company may feel comfortable being isolated from the other computing platforms.   Let me suggest that holding on to the mainframe is more akin to hugging an anchor than a life preserver......

 

Read more of John's post Lengthen Your IT Career: Migrate from the Mainframe and please do share what you think!

 

 

~Cynthia

HP Tech @ Work: Migration Made Easy






To finish off
the Wednesday sessions, I caught up with Wolfgang Kocher. He was speaking about
migration, and how HP helps make it a little easier.


 


HP has a lot of
experience moving customers off of legacy systems, as well as a lot of recent
experience helping Sun and mainframe customers move to another platform. Having
said that, the most important reason customers want to migrate systems is to
switch their IT budget from 70% maintenance and 30% innovation to 30%
maintenance and 70% innovation, a topic I've mentioned more than once. This is
especially important since many industries are trying to control and/or reduce
IT costs while delivering better IT services.


 


When customers
consider infrastructure modernization, they have several options. They need to
find a platform that improves Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), is secure for the
long term, and can simplify and improve data center efficiency.


 


For this reason,
the HP process starts with a TCO analysis to help our customers figure out if
it makes sense. As an example, in many cases, the support costs, ISV licensing
costs, and power and cooling costs all decrease. In addition, if you go with a
solution with Industry standard components and reduced management costs, it
puts IT resources back into growing the business. And finally, you should find
an option that helps reduce your risk - from a stable vendor, standards-based
technologies, and single vendor support. When the selection includes these
factors, it is a good incentive for customers to modernize an older platform.


 


HP has a 4 step
migration process: understanding out customers' needs including the total cost
of ownership, planning the migration (including a Proof of Concept, if needed),
execute the migration (including acceptance testing and knowledge transfer), and
ongoing support. HP offers many levels of support and help for customers during
the process. As an example, HP offers software transition kits and, for Solaris
to HP-UX and Solaris to Linux porting kits for developers who want to do a lot
of the work in house.


 


At the end of
the day, HP has helped hundreds of customers migrate from one platform to
another in the last year. If you are interested in learning more, please let me
know.


 


Jacob


 

Superdome 10th Anniversary Kick Off - Part 2

We finished a fabulous Superdome Tech Day yesterday with a number of bloggers. I need to go and see what they have written, but I know that at least one site actually covered the event live. There were also a lot of tweets using the tag #HPSuperdome.


There were a couple of questions, thoughts, and interesting things that struck me.



  1. OpenVMS is on HP Integrity servers. A few of the bloggers thought that OpenVMS was dead, and they were glad to hear that it is still alive, well, and being developed.

  2. HP Non-Stop servers are also Integrity servers, using the HP Itanium processor. They aren't Superdomes, but this was also something that a lot of people we not aware of in the room.

  3. I had a great chat with Jean Bozman from IDC after her presentation. It was interesting to note that the UNIX server business has consistantly been 31-32% of the overall server market revenue since they started counting the market in 1996 up until 2008. The overall market goes up and down, and the UNIX business with it. However, this explains to many people why UNIX servers will be around for a long time. The Windows and Linux on x86 markets have definitely grown, but it was mostly at the expense of "Other Servers" while the UNIX business has remained steady.

  4. We had a chance to look at a Superdome. Not just a new Superdome, but an original pre-production Superdome delivered months before the product was announced. It doesn't have any of the skins on it, but has been upgraded over the years with all the new components. It's still used for performance work today, almost 10 years after it was first installed.

  5. We finished the day with a quiz on the benefits of moving from an IBM mainframe to an HP Superdome. The questions were based on facts that come up during things like the Mainframe TCO challenge . We had a lot of fun with that, but some of the TCO savings by moving to a HP Superdome just blew people away.


Are there any of these topics that you want to hear more about? Leave me a comment, and I'll see if I can address them in more detail in a future blog post.

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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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