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Reigning in Mainframe Costs When you have less than 100 MIPS

Common sense tells you that getting off your mainframe is a smart move.  Over the years we have found that there are many IBM Mainframe customers that are 'stuck' in their current system, especially if they are running a smaller mainframe rated at under 100MIPS.  This seems to be most prevalent in enterprises or government agencies where dependence on continuous system operations has kept them from changing.

 

Old SPARC customers finding Cost, Flexibility, and Management improvement with new Integrity Servers

I have been watching deals begin to come in from the field and channel partners, and I must say that there are many enterprises out there looking to improve on their existing legacy Sun SPARC environment.  The are excited abou the new Integrity blades offering which have recently come out, which cover the breadth of computing needs from the low- to the high-end.  Take a look at how HP Integrity servers deliver the first mission-critical converged infrastructure and at the high end how  Blade architecture halves footprint of HP Superdome systems.


I went out and ran another total cost of ownership scenario that tool legacy SPARC servers and migrated them to Integrity Blades, using the Alinean BladeSystem migration tool.  I had the existing legacy Sun SPARC environment as the starting point. The tool has those systems all running SPARC III or SPARC IV servers, typical of the enterprise looking to do a tech refresh to support future growth. 


The setup was as follows:


2 x 144 core high end SPARC server, 4 x 32 cored midrange SPARC server, 12 x 4 core low-end SPARC server (total SPARC cores = 464)


The tool came back with the following target environment:


2 x HP Integrity BL890c i2 1.73GHz 24MB cache servers (total core = 64)


That is a pretty amazing result.  The number of cores would be reduced by 86%.  3-year Cumulative TCO Savings would be $20.2 million.  The ROI would be 2711.5%.  Check it out yourself; the results can be repeated.


Now, I have heard the argument from several others that those kinds of results could be seen if you moved from old SPARC to any new, modern platform.  Well, maybe, and maybe not.  What we are talking about here is moving to the world's first Mission Critical Convergec Infrastructure. That means that the savings is coming from more than just faster hardware and lower software license costs.  It comes from the creation of a pool of hardware, storage, networking and software resources all managed from one pane of glass.  Workloads are not just virtualized, but in actuallity managed within a pool of resources.  It is pretty exciting to me to see HP take the next step in IT infrastructure. 

Total Cost of Ownership Tool for the New Integrity Servers

I am pretty excited about the new legacy-server-to-Blades tool available on our TCO Challenge site.  It includes the new servers introduced by HP.


The tool will show you how much you will save by moving off your old based RISC servers onto HP Integrity Blades.  This is a very simple but powerful Alinean, Inc tool where you some great results.  We've also been able to incorporate some of the cost improvements you should see when moving to a Converged Infrastructure


Please feel free to dive in to see how much you could be save by moving to HP.

Making the Most of Total Cost of Ownership


I am trying my hand at blogging – this is my first entry and I thought I would talk about two favorite subjects – Customer Business Needs and Total Cost of Ownership.



 My name is Brad Porter and I have been working in and around enterprise servers for almost 18 years, mostly on the marketing side.  It’s been exciting for me to watch the emergence, growth, and maturity of the UNIX server market over the years.  Now it’s Linux, Windows, and UNIX on enterprise platforms and even the definition of enterprise servers has broadened.  


 And things are different from my early days at HP.  At that time customers would get really excited about buying HP9000 K-Class and T500 servers to meet their IT needs.  Those were the best machines out there,  helping transform businesses in remarkable ways.  


 Many of those customers in the mid-90’s were used to running old minicomputers with costly packaged, proprietary software and operating systems.  They wanted to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and at the same time move to open, standardized systems to drive enterprise growth and provide flexibility.    


 Fast forward to today.  The world is emerging from the biggest recession in over 50 years.  Many feel it is time to implement new business models on reliable, mission critical infrastructure. So the need to drive out cost and enable growth hasn’t changed from 20 years ago.  CIOs are still looking at buying IT infrastructure that makes them more agile and responsive.  But in today’s economic environment, everything has to be tied to revenue, growth, and business operations.  


It’s all about lower TCO – I guess things haven’t changed that much.   In fact, take a look at the TCO Challenge to see how you could save by moving off your 3-7 year old proprietary servers to modern, up to date HP Integrity systems.  Kick the tires on this tool and you’ll see some results that will make you want to move today.  




 

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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.
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  • 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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