HP beefs Up High Unix server line

HP beefs Up High Unix server line

Hewlett-Packard Co. this month announced its latest high-end, Unix-based server, reaffirming the company's commitment to the Unix operating system and its own reduced instruction-set computing (RISC) processor architecture.

The new HP 9000 V2500 combines HP's 64-bit HP-UX 11 Unix operating system with the company's PA-8500 RISC microprocessor to provide what the company claims to be more than two times the performance capability of the older V2200 server.

"This is the most powerful microprocessor technology in the world," said Dan Glessner, marketing manager for HP 9000 services. According to Glessner, HP is focusing this new offering around its high-end data center solutions.

The HP 9000 V2500 is scalable to 128 processors, providing the horsepower required by users in large engineering enterprises running electronic design analysis, mechanical design analysis and product data management.

The company also has added the V2500 to its Mission Critical Server Suites, a product designed to provide customers with 99.95 percent availability. The goal, according to Glessner, is to reach "five nines," or 99.999 percent availability with only five minutes of downtime per year by the end of 2000. "There is no other vendor who can provide that in the Unix world," Glessner said.

In addition, HP introduced a geographical disaster-recovery program, known as Continental Clusters, and is endeavoring to drive focused data warehouse solutions, according to Glessner. Continental Clusters builds upon the company's existing MetroCluster and CampusCluster solutions and is designed to reduce disaster-induced system downtime from days to minutes.

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