Keeping your business running in the face of disaster is the ultimate objective of any mission-critical infrastructure. Organizations worry that their mission-critical information and services are not protected, that storage is not keeping up with the needs of their applications, or that the deployment and testing of a disaster recovery solution is too difficult and expensive. Organizations want an environment that meet the following deliverables:
- IT systems with the highest level of availability and reliability
- Infrastructure that is ready to quickly and easily take on unpredictable workloads
- Systems that recover quickly, should a problem occur
Yesterday HP announced the HP Universal Database Solution for Mission-Critical x86 - HP DL980 Oracle Serviceguard for Linux Edition, a breakthrough solution for organizations interested in moving or upgrading their infrastructure to an industry-standard x86 environment at a lower cost. This solution focuses on the above deliverables, in a standards-based package that enables more than just scale-up Oracle workloads.
“What exactly is mission critical?” I assumed if I were to ask this question to experienced IT professionals, I’d receive a single correct and detailed response. I was wrong. What one customer determines to be mission critical is usually fundamentally different than any other. Although the definition varies greatly, the value to the customer remains constant. For the processes that your business simply can’t do without, mission-critical systems are essential. Find out how HP's new Integrity servers can provide that value for your business environment as I breakdown Kirk's podcast.
I’ve recently noticed many companies have been falling victim to repeated outages—outages that leave disgruntled customers and lost revenue in its wake. This raises an important question: Is downtime really just a part of doing business? When it comes to the mission-critical applications that dictate the survivability of a business, the answer should be a resounding “no”.
Essential to each and every mission-critical environment is the ability to ensure the availability of applications and services, and provide failover capability in the case of outages. The majority of mission-critical environments are running on UNIX based solutions to ensure the highest levels of availability. While this will continue, there is also an increasing adoption of x86 systems running Linux to support clients’ demanding database workloads. In these demanding x86/Linux environments, organizations are looking for a mission-critical experience that is equivalent to what they have come to rely on with HP-UX. This is where Serviceguard Solutions for Linux can help.
Written by Katie Curtin-Mestre
Just writing to introduce myself. My name is Katie Curtin-Mestre and I joined HP in April of this year as Director of Software Planning and Marketing for Business Critical Systems (BCS). I will be blogging regularly on topics related to HP-UX and the Serviceguard solution portfolio.