Hewlett-Packard has blown the top off its Unix server line with a new high-end model that includes up to 32 RISC processors and is designed to run heavy-duty data centre applications.
HP's 9000 V2500 systems can be linked to form 128-processor clusters, and the clusters can be combined to establish systems boasting more than 2000 440MHz CPUs. HP says the new servers can process up to 100,000 business transactions per second.
"HP can now compete with mainframes, such as the System/390, for the big online transaction processing applications, enterprise resource planning applications and data warehousing or decision support applications," said Steven Josselyn, a research director at IDC.
The offering supports up to 128GB of RAM and 112 PCI slots. The server can be configured with SCSI-2, Ultra2 SCSI, ATM, Fibre Channel, token ring, and FDDI or 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet controllers. It can be outfitted with up to 64 drives supporting a maximum capacity of 1.1TB.
"We are building a data warehouse and a repository that will start out at a TB of data and could grow to two or three TB," says Max Ward, vice president of technology for Staples, a US office supply superstore.