News Advisory: December 02, 2014

HP Optimizes Compute to Transform Mission-Critical Environments

HP Integrity Superdome X and HP Integrity NonStop X maximize business performance with uncompromising availability and x86 efficiencies

BARCELONA, Dec. 2, 2014 — HP today announced the expansion of its Compute portfolio with new platforms optimized for mission-critical environments. As the next milestone in HP’s Compute strategy, these platforms run the most demanding mission-critical workloads on x86 architectures with higher levels of performance, scalability, availability and efficiency.  

Customers with mission-critical environments and revenue-generating applications cannot tolerate downtime or slow business performance. As a result, mission-critical workloads must meet the most stringent service level agreements (SLAs) in the industry, often with zero unplanned downtime requirements. 

HP Integrity Superdome X and HP Integrity NonStop X are tailored for the most demanding mission-critical workloads. By extending these platforms to highly scalable x86 environments, HP is bringing mission-critical solutions to a broader market.

These servers help customers achieve better business results by:

  • Boosting business performance to grow revenue, margin and market share;
  • Providing continuous service availability with minimal or even zero application downtime; and
  • Reducing complexity and cost with breakthrough efficiency.

“In today’s always-on world, service outages and slow response times result in lost revenue,” said Ric Lewis, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Server Business, HP. “HP is extending our vast expertise in building mission-critical environments to help customers achieve the best business performance for large-scale workloads on an efficient x86 infrastructure.”

Mission-critical performance and availability at industry-standard efficiencies
The HP Integrity Superdome X blends x86 efficiencies with proven HP Superdome innovation for critical Linux workloads, including business processing, decision support and enterprise databases. Designed to achieve the highest levels of reliability, availability and serviceability, HP Integrity Superdome X is an alternative to a costly, inefficient, proprietary system or an x86 infrastructure that lacks the performance, scalability and availability to power mission-critical workloads.

The HP Integrity Superdome X redefines x86 compute with breakthrough scalability up to 16 sockets and 12TB memory to support the largest enterprise applications and unpredictable workloads. The unique HP nPars hard partitioning technology offers 20 times greater reliability (1) to maximize application uptime by insulating and isolating critical applications from other failures. To accelerate business performance, the HP Integrity Superdome X dramatically improves compute efficiency by delivering up to nine times the performance of the HP DL980 G7, the current HP 8-socket x86 server. (2)

“As a global supplier of health information technologies, Cerner continues to innovate to meet our clients’ needs,” said Kent Scheuler, senior vice president, Cerner. “We look to HP as a partner to provide compute power in support of our innovation.  The HP Integrity Superdome X provides the scalability to support our largest clients, the performance to deliver the results our clients have come to expect, and the availability that health care demands.”

The only fully-integrated, fault-tolerant x86 compute
With HP Integrity NonStop X, HP is extending the fully integrated, 100 percent fault-tolerant NonStop hardware and software to the industry-standard x86 architecture. This provides customers with flexibility and choice of a portfolio of NonStop servers that achieve the highest availability, near-linear scalability and lowest total cost of ownership in its class.(3)

The HP Integrity NonStop X offers up to 100 percent application availability.  As a result, customers will be able to accelerate service delivery of workloads such as business processing, online transaction processing (OLTP) and large database environments.  

To boost business performance, HP Integrity NonStop X scales online without any application outage to accommodate escalating transaction volume and supports business growth with up to 25 times increase in system interconnect capacity.(4)  Additionally, it supports twice as many NonStop CPUs in a single enclosure to provide breakthrough efficiency while decreasing data center footprint and cost.(5)

Services for the most demanding enterprise x86 solutions
HP Technology Services provides comprehensive Compute life cycle services for HP Integrity Superdome X and HP Integrity NonStop X servers. 

For existing x86 users moving to these new platforms or migrating from a UNIX environment, HP provides the consulting expertise to help ensure the right compute for the right workload. HP also offers migration, implementation and education services to accelerate time to production with a smooth deployment.  For ongoing support, HP has an expansive portfolio of support services, such as HP Proactive Care Advanced Service, to help improve stability and boost performance in mission-critical environments. 

HP can also help increase agility with system partitioning and virtualization services to take advantage of the HP Integrity Superdome X capabilities.

Pricing and availability
The HP Integrity Superdome X is available now through HP and worldwide channel partners, and the HP Integrity NonStop X is expected to be available in March 2015.   HP Financial Services provides investment and migration solutions including Technology Refresh for Compute, which provides flexible payment options, trade in, duel usage and transition services designed to help accelerate the migration to the new era of compute.(6) Pricing will vary based on model and customer configurations.

Additional information is available at www.hp.com/go/HPDiscoverBarcelona2014.

HP’s premier EMEA client event, HP Discover, takes place Dec. 2-4 in Barcelona, Spain.

(1) Superdome X offers Superdome 2 architecture with x86 cell blades, and it offers hard partitions (nPartitions). Claim: Hard partitions are 20x more reliable than soft partitions alone.  Details: nPartitions have ~5% the number of SPOFs – (Single Points of Failure) thus are ~20x more reliable than soft partitions. Source: HP’s Peter Piet and Bruce Edson, using markov chain high availability modeling, running applications on separate nPars vs. running them together on the same nPar using virtual machines. HP, California. August 2013. High Availability modeling and field data supports these claims.

(2) HP Internal comparison to HP DL980 G7, using the SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM standard benchmark. August 2014

(3) HP NonStop Offers the Lowest TCO in its Class for Mission-Critical Applications, Richard Buckle, Pyalla Technologies, Research Note, November 2014.

(4) Comparison between ServerNet bandwidth (2Gbps) and FDR InfiniBand bandwidth (56Gbps).

(5) Compared to the HP Integrity NonStop BladeSystem with 16 CPUs (Blades), HP development team, 2014.

(6) Financing and service offerings available through Hewlett-Packard Financial Services Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively HPFSC) in certain countries and are subject to credit approval and execution of standard HPFSC documentation. Rates and terms are based on customer’s credit rating, offering types, services and/or equipment type and options. Not all customers may qualify. Not all services or offers are available in all countries. Other restrictions may apply. HPFSC reserves the right to change or cancel this program at any time without notice.

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