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HP Drives Mainstream Adoption of Linux and Open Source with Innovative Solutions, First European Open Source Utility Performance Center

Continental Airlines and University of Oslo choose HP for open source and Linux expertise
BOSTON, Feb. 15, 2005
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Advancing its position as the leading worldwide proponent and provider of Linux and open source technologies, HP today unveiled new and enhanced solutions, new customers and expanded partner programs at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.

HP also opened the first open source utility performance center in Europe, the HPC1, which is designed for prototyping and deploying complex IT solutions that work with HP's extensive product and service portfolio. Representing an investment of nearly $3 million, the facility, based in France, joins other HP centers that are connected via a worldwide grid to help solve customers' most challenging IT requirements through Linux and open source technology.

"The demand for Linux and open source technologies is continuing to accelerate and customers are turning to HP for the expertise, increased value and choice we provide," said Martin Fink, vice president of Linux, HP. "HP will stay at the forefront of designing and delivering the open source solutions customers need - beyond just Linux - and will continue to set the market agenda for the adoption of open source software by businesses, allowing customers to build an Adaptive Enterprise."

As a result of HP's continued focus on offering leading expertise in Linux and open source, HP has experienced a tenfold increase in its Linux support services and subscription revenues in fiscal year 2004. The company has held the No. 1 position in worldwide Linux server market share for 27 consecutive quarters in both revenue and shipments.(1)

HP's enhancements to the HP Linux Reference Architectures - the industry's first middleware based on commercial and open source software - offer customers choice, optimized performance, ease of deployment and value.

"HP's Linux Reference Architecture solution stacks take much of the guesswork out of building a software stack above the Linux operating system, which assures enterprises that they are getting a solution tested and validated to work," said Al Gillen, research director, System Software, IDC. "Enterprises also benefit by purchasing an entire solution from a single vendor, rather than having to try to assemble it themselves."

New developments for the HP Linux Reference Architectures include:

  • HP BladeSystem architecture enhancements: In addition to running on HP Integrity and HP ProLiant servers, either the open source software stack or commercial software stack can be deployed by customers in an HP blade environment. By the end of the year, HP expects up to 50 percent of HP BladeSystem configurations to be shipping with Linux, mostly at the expense of proprietary Sun servers.

  • New Express Services for HP Linux Reference Architectures: This suite of services is available at a packaged, fixed cost and provides a set of defined offerings, including installation, configuration and integration, resulting in faster deployments for customers.

  • Expanded HP OpenView Smart Plug-ins for MySQL, JBoss and Tomcat: These plug-ins provide management of the HP Linux Reference Architectures in a multi-platform environment to better align IT with business processes.

  • Enhanced HP Serviceguard for Linux: High-availability clustering software version A.11.16 is now available to simplify implementation and increase security, flexibility and scalability for customers of all sizes.

Customers such as Continental Airlines and University of Oslo have already adopted and deployed the HP Linux Reference Architectures in their data centers.

Continental Airlines, the world's sixth-largest airline, needed a solution that could automate the largely manual process of re-pricing and reissuing a ticket following an itinerary change. The old process took as long as 20 minutes and would sometimes result in ticketing delays and potential lost revenue. Continental chose the HP Linux Reference Architectures, implementing MySQL and JBoss, on HP BladeSystem and HP ProLiant servers with Serviceguard as the database high-availability solution.

"Continental needed a cost-effective solution that would automate the manual process for reissuing and tracking airline tickets. We wanted a solution based on Linux for three reasons: security, stability and flexibility," said Michael McDonald, director of Technology, Continental Airlines. "We chose HP because of their expertise in Linux and open source technologies, and the new system, based on the HP Linux Reference Architectures, provides a fully automated process to reissue tickets with an average response time of only two seconds - increasing our reissued ticket revenue and providing more consistent responses across all customer contact points. Previously, this was not possible. Using open source, we now have higher availability and scalability at a much lower cost than our previous proprietary system, and we've increased our customer satisfaction."

Founded in 1811, the University of Oslo is Norway's largest and oldest institution of higher learning. Faced with an aging email infrastructure on Sun Solaris, the University of Oslo needed to implement a new, university-wide system to serve nearly 50,000 accounts. The university worked with HP to migrate to a system that improved scalability and manageability, provided high-availability performance and effective failover response to protect critical archives. The new email system, made up of HP Serviceguard for Linux, HP ProLiant servers, HP StorageWorks disk arrays and HP support and services, handles more than 1 million emails a day and provides greater service reliability, business agility and better archiving at much lower cost.

Xen virtualization and "Big Tux" scalability for Linux

HP Labs, HP's central research facility, is now contributing intellectual property to the open source community in conjunction with XenSource, the creators of Xen, an open standard for virtualization. HP will contribute to the development of Xen as a reference implementation of that standard.

HP's work with Xen, which will be made available under the general public license (GPL), focuses on the management, security and control of virtual machines. As the technology matures, HP plans to leverage the results of this research into its commercial offerings, such as the HP Virtual Machine Management Pack, which provides central management and control of virtual machines.

Building on eight-way Linux support it introduced in August 2004, HP is the first major vendor to scale Linux to 64-way on a standard Linux kernel through a project code-named "Big Tux." This will help eliminate the risks associated with custom kernel implementations, such as those offered by competing firms.

With five years of expertise in scaling out data center platforms, HP is responding to customer demand by supporting higher levels of scalability for Linux by offering more viable options between low and high-end standards-based HP servers.

HP enhances channel and ISV programs

Already successfully established in EMEA and North America, HP PartnerONE Linux Elite has been expanded to cover countries in Asia Pacific and Latin America to help partners strengthen their Linux support services offerings and grow Linux revenues and margins.

To further expand opportunities for HP PartnerONE Linux Elite Partners, Novell is offering free membership in its PartnerNet program in 2005 to Linux Elite partners who enroll by May 31; members also are now eligible to be registered as a Red Hat Ready partner.(2) Additionally, JBoss will provide exclusive training incentives for HP Linux Elite partners.

More information on PartnerONE Linux Elite is available at http://www.hp.com/go/linuxelite.

HP also reported continued success with its growing Sun Solaris ISV Migration Program, with more than 20 leading independent software vendors in key vertical markets, such as financial services, public sector and telecommunications, using services from the program. Companies such as Algorithmics Incorporated are leveraging the program to offer applications that enable a seamless transition from the proprietary Solaris platform to Linux, saving customers time and lowering their licensing costs.

General information about HP's Linux solutions can be found at http://www.hp.com/linux; additional information regarding HP's presence at LinuxWorld is available in an online press kit at http://www.hp.com/go/opteronlinuxworld.

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(1) Per IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker (November 2004), HP (combined with Compaq) ranks No. 1 in worldwide Linux server factory revenue and unit shipments from 1998 to Q3 2004.

(2) Please see http://www.novell.com/partners/hp/hp_elite.html for additional terms, conditions and restrictions. This offer is subject to change without notice.


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