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HP Zooms in on Standardization Road Map

By Amy Newman (Send Email)
Posted Feb 10, 2004


HP picked up its compass and dusted off its standardization atlas this week when it announced the next leg to be covered on its standardization road trip. The latest efforts take a three-pronged approach to provide industry-standard architectures, reusable components, and consistent product implementation -- all in the name of reducing costs and simplifying change.

HP Monday announced the next stop on its road trip to standardization. The vendor revealed new servers, storage devices, and service offerings.

The core of HP's Adaptive Enterprise is rooted in its Darwin reference architecture, which has issued a single set of standards across the stack of business processes, application services, infrastructure services, virtualized resources, and infrastructure. The "foundation of the strategy is how the standards are tied to all the pieces," John Raphaelson, chief architect for HP's Adaptive Enterprise program, told ServerWatch.

On Monday, the vendor tied some of those pieces together, with the announcement of new servers, storage devices, and service offerings, all of which represent a move toward complete adherence to industry standards.

On the horizon are:

  • A line of PA-RISC-based HP 9000 servers
  • Itanium-2-based Integrity servers
  • An HP NonStop Advanced Architecture based on Intel Itanium 2 processors
  • StorageWorks tape libraries and pay-per-use capabilities

With the move to standardization on Intel looming ever closer, HP unveiled the next generation of its PA-RISC processors for the HP 9000 product line. HP 9000 servers can now take advantage of the PA-8800 dual processor module (with the exception of the HP 9000 Superdome, for which the PA-8800 is expected to be available in March) to provide servers with many of the components (e.g., cell boards, cabinets, memory, and the HP zx1 and sx1000 chipsets) found in HP Integrity systems. In addition, at the processor level, the PA-8800 processor features the Intel Itanium system bus.

HP also introduced a new entry-level Integrity server, the HP rx1600, which is expected to be available in March. The rx1600 will include one 1.0-GHz Low Voltage Itanium 2 processor, 512 MB memory, and one 36 GB disk. It is being positioned for clustered and scale-out environments running Linux or HP-UX. The rx1600 features up to two Low Voltage Intel Itanium 2 processors and offers high density with a 1U design. This enables customers to deploy up to 40 servers per two-meter rack.

HP unveiled a new model of its Integrity rx2600 servers, available immediately and based on low-voltage Itanium processors. It is priced starting from $5,700 and is targeted at customers requiring two-CPU servers with higher memory and I/O capacity than entry-level servers. The rx2600 ships with one 1.0 GHz low-voltage Itanium 2 processor, 1 GB of memory, and one 36 GB disk.

To ease enterprises' transition from the end-of-lifed AlphaServers to Integrity, Integrity servers will now support OpenVMS alongside HP-UX, Linux, and Windows Server 2003. Evaluation copies of OpenVMS version 8.1 were made available Monday for software vendors and early adopters. New to this version are native compilers and tools. New functionality has been added as well. OpenVMS for Integrity is scheduled to be generally available later this year. To date, about 600 applications from more than 280 ISVs have committed porting to OpenVMS to Integrity.

HP also revealed plans for the NonStop Advanced Architecture on Itanium 2. Scheduled for release in 2005, the new architecture will use industry standards within a fault-tolerant environment. It will support industry-standard storage and be managed by HP OpenView software.

At this time HP also introduced a pay-per-use financing program for its StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) family. The EVA family is built with modular storage components, which means customers can scale capacity on-demand -- as needed and on-the fly, Miller said. Pay-per-use financing in the EVA family will use metering technology to track capacity usage and charge customers only for the capacity used.

HP also unveiled a number of storage-related products: the HP StorageWorks EVA3000 and EVA5000 systems and the HP StorageWorks ESL E-series tape libraries. The products are scheduled to begin shipping by the end of next month.

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