At the unveiling of Odyssey, a project to redefine the future of mission-critical computing last week in Lagos, HP has restated its commitment to transform the server market.
The solution, HP said would redefine the future of mission-critical computing with a development roadmap that would unify UNIX and x86 server architectures to bring industry-leading availability, increased performance and uncompromising client choice to a single platform.
Organizations, according to the Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Business Critical Systems, HP, Mr. Martin Fink were challenged with increasingly stringent service-level agreements for their most demanding workloads, along with the pressure to be more efficient with their IT budgets and resources. They need the availability and resilience of UNIX-based platforms along with the familiarity and cost-efficiency of industry-standard platforms.
"Using advanced technology across a common, modular HP BladeSystem architecture, HP is developing platforms to enable clients to choose the best environment aligned to their organizations' needs without compromise, helping ensure investment protection for the long term.
"HP's new development roadmap includes ongoing innovations to HP Integrity servers, HP nonstop systems and the HP-UX and OpenVMS operating systems.
"The roadmap also includes delivering blades with Intel Xeon processors for the HP Superdome 2 enclosure and the scalable c-Class blade enclosures , while fortifying Windows® and Linux environments with innovations from HP-UX within the next two years" he explained.
With the availability of "DragonHawk," clients, Fink said, adding that, "Clients have been asking us to expand the mission-critical experience that is delivered today with HP-UX on Integrity to an x86-based infrastructure," Fink, senior vice president and general manager, Business Critical Systems, HP.
HP plans to transform the server landscape for mission-critical computing by using the flexibility of HP BladeSystem and bringing key HP technology innovations from Integrity and HP-UX to the x86 ecosystem. Unlike the competition, HP offers an open, integrated, single platform approach, he added.
For HP partners, the project Odyssey is a something whose time has come. "Intel's continued innovation with a multigenerational Itanium processor roadmap, combined with existing and future mission-critical capabilities of Intel Xeon processors, allow HP and Intel to provide customers with greater flexibility and choice," Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager, Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, Intel, said.
Together with HP, he said that Intel would be able to give customers the ability to do mission-critical computing on their terms, with a broad range of operating systems and applications.
"Amdocs' experience in implementing HP-UX/Integrity as a mission-critical platform for our market-leading BSS/OSS solutions at top global service providers has proven extremely positive," Rebecca Prudhomme, vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing, Amdocs, said, adding that , "Extending HP Converged Infrastructure features to Linux on x86 will allow customers using the Superdome 2 architecture to benefit from the cost-effectiveness of x86, while leveraging the platform's strength, scalability and availability."