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HPE launches new generation of enterprise Integrity/HP-UX servers

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May 11, 2017

HPE asserted earlier today that it's introducing a new generation of its mission-critical Integrity/HP-UX server systems/appliances.

HPE will also provide a Linux container migration route to older x86 implementations as well, it added.

The Integrity i6 models represent an entire refresh cycle of the Integrity server line, and use Intel Itanium 9700 series CPUs, otherwise known as the Kittson line of processors.

Those servers also get extended memory, we are told. The latest HP-UX 11i version 3 update, scheduled to be released next month, also supports the newest 3PAR storage, meaning all-flash arrays, we understand.

HPE claims its Integrity i6 and updated HP-UX applicances provide:

  • Better total cost of ownership;
  • Up to 50 percent reduction in database support;
  • Lower license costs over Integrity i2 servers;
  • Enhanced system performance;
  • Improved system availability, data management and security.
  • HPE was quick to point out the longevity of the Integrity server line, with an Asia Pacific OEM partner quote confirming-- "The new generation servers will enable us to continually provide our enterprise customers with the HPE Integrity servers through 2025 and beyond."

    As part of this new line, the Integrity/HP-UX servers will have future integration with NVMe technology. HPE also asserts that customers will get annual software updates and support until 2025 at the very least.

    In the future, HPE will enable customers to move HP-UX workloads into Linux containers running on x86 servers, stressing that these will be high-speed systems of the original iteration.

    HPE says enterprise customers can elect to keep various or existing workloads on Integrity/HP-UX and get maximum performance or transition to a containerised/x86 HP-UX environment, even though some would guess this could affect the overall performance somewhat in certain isolated cases.

    Some industry observers might consider the x86 Linux container re-hosting announcement as HPE bowing to the inevitable end of its Itanium processor development, with no hardware refresh by Intel after Kittson.

    By 2025, we might still expect x86 servers to be using persistent memory and new-generation communications hardware such as Gen Z, as well as the expected Xeon processors that might follow.

    The combination of persistent memory, next-generation fabrics and updated Xeons, with whatever fancy SoCs Intel by then provides for offload processors, will almost certainly drive standard x86 server performance well beyond i6 Itanium servers.

    This recent decision by HPE demonstrates its maturity and its practical reality to today's market environment. It also allows Itanium customers a comfortable cushion to fall back on for the near future. It's a smart move and in the right direction.

    Source: HP Enterprise.


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