Our HP engineers took a fresh look at the most prevalent challenges IT managers are facing today -- data center complexity and management costs consuming too much darn budget. That would be enough of a challenge on its own, but our Integrity engineers also need to ensure that any solutions proposed account for the fact that these types of systems strive to never go down and must always be available to handle the most challenging, mission-critical workloads. What’s a better way to deal with these problems given the extra requirements in a mission-critical environment? The engineering team took the renowned resiliency of the Superdome along with the efficiencies of blades, combined them and created Superdome 2.
In Part 1 of this Meet the Builder series, I introduced you to Arlen Roesner. Arlen provided a demonstration of the common modular infrastructure of our new Superdome 2 platform. Today I’d like to share a demonstration of the Flex Fabric and resilience innovations packed into Superdome 2, our flagship for the Integrity line of servers. Wendy Wiehardt, Hardware Design Engineer in our Enterprise Systems Lab also helped create Superdome 2. In this video, she demonstrates how easy it really is to scale up with Integrity systems. You can start with a single cell, 2 socket system and scale up to 8 cells and 16 sockets, all in a single enclosure. If you need even more processing power than that you can connect two enclosures together, and create a 32 socket complex all in a single rack – now that makes life easier. Wendy also shows you what’s inside the blades, digging into the components such as new Intel Itanium 9300 series processors, NICs, built in I/O, VPARs, DIMM slots, iLO and more. Superdome 2 is also designed to be easier to manage and more resilient than ever before with over 100 new innovations built in to ensure against downtime. Our engineers know you don’t want to deal with the hassle and risk of rebooting systems, so she explains more about the numerous resiliency enhancements, and pulls out and replaces a crossbar without having to reboot the system. Please take a few moments to check out Wendy's demo:
Let us know what you think of our new systems, and what else you’d like to hear about from our engineers. If you’d like more detailed information I encourage you to check out our main Integrity site.
I’ll share Part 3 of this series in a couple of days. Hope you find the demos informative.
September 9 is my birthday, and it reminds me of the significance of 9s. I'm Lorraine Bartlett, VP of Marketing and Strategy for HP's Business Critical Systems business unit. Kirk Bresniker, our CTO, is out talking with customers for a few weeks, so I've taken over his blog to discuss a subject that's of high importance to me and more importantly to everyone managing mission critical infrastructure. Essentially, my job is to ensure that our customers sleep at night. I chose today to discuss this topic because it's an anniversary or sorts at HP. It's been over 10 years since we put a stake in the ground to support five 9s mission critical standard on HP-UX. And, it's 10 years to the day that we expanded our five 9s partnership with SAP and BEA. Ten years! A lot has happened in the tech industry since 9-9-99.
Certainly in 10 years the definition of "mission critical" has evolved and along with it the demand for continuous uptime has increased. What does "mission critical" mean these days? I'm sure it depends on who you ask. My daughter thinks her laptop (and all the infrastructure behind it that she doesn't comprehend) is "mission critical" when she's trying to submit her homework at five minutes to midnight on the day it's due. But, here's what it means to me - based on the significant input from our Business Critical Systems customers: system availability when you need it, with predictable response times, with the flexibility to meet the most demanding business requirement peaks.
Mission critical capabilities are even more important today. In these past 10 years, the expectations have soared, putting more pressure on businesses to deliver services around-the-clock, without interruption. Predictable availability of services is a significant differentiator for businesses today. Technology is now an integral factor to their business success. Our customers know that mission critical infrastructure aligned to their business requirements is a competitive advantage as a result of increased partner and end-user satisfaction. A lot has changed since 9-9-99, but here's one thing that remains constant: the demands of our business critical customers mean that a mission critical infrastructure is even more important today than it was 10 years ago.
As the sun goes down, I know I can celebrate my birthday while our HP customers rest easy knowing their mission critical infrastructure is delivering on their requirements of system availability and response time.
Do you agree - or disagree? How do you define mission critical? I want to hear your thoughts.
More Mission Critical next week from me while Kirk is off traveling the globe.
Hi there. Welcome to my blog: Martin’s Musings on Mission Critical Computing. For those of you who don’t know me, I run what we call “Business Critical Systems” at HP. Whenever you think of high-end and mission critical computing, it’s most likely my team that takes the lead for HP. My goal with this blog will be to comment on events and happening in the mission critical computing space. I’ll share my thoughts on current events, and where I think things are heading. I’ll try to avoid blatant marketing stuff (we have other venues for that), but I’ll make you tolerate a few pokes at my main competitors (hopefully in a fun and lighthearted way). If for some reason I feel the need to take a break from my day job, I may also comment on a few of my main hobbies: Home Theaters and Digital Multimedia creation. I expect disagreements along the way, so feel free to share. Blogging is about sharing, sometimes we’ll agree, and sometimes we won’t. – Martin