HP Targets the Midrange with New NonStop ServerBy Jeffrey Burt | Posted 2006-06-05 Email Print
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A combination of standard hardware and high-availability software helps drive down costs.
Hewlett-Packard is looking to bring its high-availability platform for the midrange market.
The Palo Alto, Calif., company on June 5 is launching the Integrity NonStop NS1000 system, an Itanium 2-based server that offers the same level of reliability as HP's other NonStop systems but at a third of the price. The move one of several moves HP is mulling for the platform.
"This will have higher availability and scalability than any server in the [midrange] marketplace," said Craig Wagner, director of marketing and solutions for the HP NonStop group.
HP is targeting the systemwhich can come in configurations of two to eight socketsat emerging markets, such as Russia and China, and smaller businesses in such sectors as financial services, health care and telecommunications that could also benefit from the high-availability capabilities but until now have been priced out of the market, Wagner said.
He said the NS1000 beats a comparably equipped z9 mainframe from IBM by about $10,000.
Wagner admitted to possible price overlap with its own high-end Integrity systems, such as the Superdome offerings, but said the NonStop systems cater more to customers that run high-availability applications.
Key to HP's ability to bring down the price is its NonStop Value Architecture, which combines standard hardware with NonStop software, Wagner said.
They initially will run on Intel's single-core "Madison" Itanium processor, but will follow the Itanium roadmap, Wagner said.
Intel on June 6 is expected to launch "Montecito," a dual-core processor that includes better energy efficiency and hardware-based virtualization capabilities.
Users will be able to put the Montecito technology into the NS1000, Wagner said.
In addition, HP is using stock hardware components from the company's Unix server business in the new NonStop server and combining it with its NonStop software, which offers business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities to ensure against hardware failures.
The software includes dynamic workload balancing, application virtualization and cluster programming transparency.
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