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Here’s your chance to get on-board the Mission-Critical Systems Track @ HP Discover 2013

Guest blog written by Donna Skillings Martin, HP Enterprise Group

If you’re working in a mission-critical environment, here’s your invitation to the hottest IT event of the year—offering
insights into key technologies that drive vital workloads. Read on for specifics on
innovations designed to reduce downtime as well as helping to clarify the vital role HP Converged Infrastructure plays in ensuring mission-critical activities.

And the next Itanium processor is...

The Itanium processors are used in the HP Integrity and HP Integrity Non-Stop server lines. Intel recently provided some additional details on what the next generation processor will look like.

2010 SearchDataCenter.com Product of the Year: DL980 G7

One of the interesting things that came across my desk today was an e-mail about SearchDataCenter.com's 2010 Products of the Year. In the Server Hardware category, the winner was the HP DL980 G7.


In their evaluation, SearchDataCenter.com said that the DL980 G7 capped out almost every specification that you can, especially since it's starting price is under $37,000. They also liked the quick incorporation of the 8 core Intel Xeon 7500 processors in this system. They mention that the new servers this year better integrate into a virtual environment as well as boost virtual machine environments with improved I/O designs.


The article also mentioned theHP DL580 G7, and think that it will show up in a whole lot of data centers due to its versatility, power, and overall performance.


If you add in a recent Scale Up x86 article which Chris blogged about a few weeks ago, it isn't surprising that the conclusion is that 3 - 4 year old RISC systems can now consider a scale up x86 server and get similar hardware performance, scaling, and resiliency as they would have gotten on their last purchase, but at a much lower price.


Of course, if you wonder where this leaves UNIX, and especially HP-UX, they absolutely still make sense for mission critical workloads that need better availability, better raw performance, and better scaling. With a Converged Infrastructure, HP allows both of these environments to easily co-exist, something most other vendors seem to discourage.


Jacob Van Ewyk

Quick and Easy Power Savings for Servers

I had a chance to spend some time with a customer yesterday talking about how HP runs its internal IT operations, industry best practices, trends and more.


One of the interesting comments from the customer was that they were running all there servers at high performance or maximum power levels all the time, even though he knew that average utilization was 40% or less even with virtualization. He also said that he was worried about the risk of reducing processor power and potentially impacting server performance, something that was echoed by studies that I mentioned in a blog post late last year.


One of his requests was a practical way to start implementing power management in a non-intrusive, quick and easy way. He hadn't seen anything that provided that level of detail. Since he primarily had HP BladeSystem for his compute infrastructure, we figured that it made sense to implement HP Power Regulator dynamic power mode on his blades via the iLO 3 cards.

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  • • Responsible for product management and marketing of NonStop Database, Business Continuity, and Cloud portfolios. Define product line strategy, positioning, branding, and messaging for all products in my portfolio. • Lead the Business Development efforts to build strategic partnerships to strengthen the eco-system. • Lead the GTM around Big Data with new innovative Analytics solutions resulting in incremental revenue opportunities. • Lead product marketing efforts including strategic positioning, Go-to-Market strategy, Sales Enablement and Analyst Briefing.
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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.
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  • Hi, I´m part of the HP Servers team and work as Product Marketing Manager with a focus on mission-critical offerings. I´m interested in the business value our technology brings to customers and I'll be blogging about their stories and how our portfolio evolves to help them succeed in today´s market.
  • I am a member of the Enterprise Group Global Marketing team blogging on topics of interest for HP Servers. Check out blog posts on all four Server blog sites-Reality Check, The Eye on Blades, Mission Critical Computing and Hyperscale Computing- for exciting news on the future of compute.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Serviceguard for Linux, HP-UX, OpenVMS
  • 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.
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