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Fast Forward your Mission-Critical Computing with an HP Integrity Upgrade

Have you ever noticed that the more powerful technology is—the more efficient and cost-effective it becomes (sort of like a self-fulfilling prophecy)?   That’s why upgrading to the latest HP Integrity servers makes so much sense.  Just ask Steelcase, the global office furniture manufacturer.

 

Indian Oil reduces SAP response time by 65%

The question often comes up – what makes an application or workload mission critical?   The answer is easy – if the application is vital to your business, then it is mission critical.   I was looking for examples of Integrity customers who have upgraded their mission-critical systems to newer infrastructure and found an interesting story.  This particular customer relies on SAP, with ERP being the bread and butter to the organization and vital to the success of the company.

Consistency in Mission Critical - a good thing?

Coming into big events like HP Discover there is a lot of focus on announcing new products, technologies and strategies for our customers, analysts and press.  But perhaps consistency in mission critical is better than new and constantly changing.

Meet the HP Integrity Server Builders – Part 2 Flex Fabric, Always On Resiliency

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.

 

~Cynthia

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Meet the HP Integrity Server Builders - Part 1 Common Modular Infrastructure

I’d like to share with you some information straight from our engineering team about our new HP Integrity servers that we announced at the end of April.  In this first video, Arlen Roesner, lead mechanical engineer in our HP Enterprise Systems Lab, talks about the common modular infrastructure of the new Superdome 2 platform.  He discusses how it is built on the new Blade Scale architecture,  reducing the number of individual components a data center needs to certify and carry, helping customers save considerable money and time.  Arlen demonstrates the commonality of the C7000 platform and the Superdome 2 platform including use of the same onboard administrator, common power supplies, cooling and more – watch him swap a few items out in this video to show how easy it is to do, even while the system is powered on.



If you struggle with the issues associated with having lots of different platforms running on different operating systems to support a vast array of specific applications in your business, we invite you to check out HP’s new way of thinking – mission-critical converged infrastructure.   Please tell us what you think, and what else you’d like to hear about from our HP engineering team.


I’ll be posting other engineering videos in the next few days.

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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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