HP bolsters industry-leading UNIX system HP 9000 Enterprise Server line; HP Enterprise Server line increases performance, maximizes investment protection and enables computing consolidation.PALO ALTO Palo Alto, city, California
Palo Alto (păl`ō ăl`tō), city (1990 pop. 55,900), Santa Clara co., W Calif.; inc. 1894. Although primarily residential, Palo Alto has aerospace, electronics, and advanced research industries. , Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 1997--Hewlett-Packard Company today introduced a broad range of HP 9000 Enterprise Servers running on HP's most powerful PA-RISC (Precision Architecture-RISC) A proprietary RISC-based CPU architecture from HP that was introduced in 1986. It is the foundation of HP's 3000 and 9000 computer families. See IA-64. (1) processor, the 64-bit HP PA-8200. These servers are designed to provide a smooth growth path to high-level performance for OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing) See transaction processing and OLCP.
OLTP - On-Line Transaction Processing (online transaction processing See transaction processing and OLCP. ), compute, decision-support and Internet environments.
Highlights of today's announcement include the following:
-- Two new K-Class Enterprise Servers with up to six PA-8200 processors
-- Two new Enterprise Parallel Servers with enhanced K-Class and V-Class servers
"These new enterprise servers solidify HP's leadership in the UNIX UNIX
Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics). (R) system marketplace," said Carol G. Mills, general manager of HP's Enterprise Systems Division. "Together, these servers give HP customers the headroom for growth within their computing environments with powerful and innovative RISC RISC
in full Reduced Instruction Set Computing
Computer architecture that uses a limited number of instructions. RISC became popular in microprocessors in the 1980s. and UNIX system Noun 1. UNIX system - trademark for a powerful operating system
UNIX, UNIX operating system
operating system, OS - (computer science) software that controls the execution of computer programs and may provide various services solutions, differentiating HP as a strategic global IT partner. No other RISC-server vendor approaches HP in high availability, investment protection or value proposition."
"Our track and trace data is mission-critical and needs to be real time," said Jeff Lucchesi, vice president of DHL's Infrastructure Technology and Services. "Our biggest issue is availability because we have information that is moving around the globe 24 hours per day, seven days a week. HP is proactively looking at what is needed for mission-critical applications, cost control and management."
HP 9000 K-CLASS ENTERPRISE SERVERS
The two new servers in HP's HP 9000 K-Class family of Enterprise Servers are Models K370 and K570. HP 9000 K-Class Enterprise Servers are used primarily as application, Web, database, local area network, network-file-system and compute servers. The sheer power of these midrange servers accommodates large-scale databases, Web and Internet solutions to give customers high-end performance with unprecedented midrange price/performance advantages.
The two new models are designed for symmetric multiprocessing. Each can accommodate from one to six 200MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc. PA-8200 64-bit processors with enhanced I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.
I/O - Input/Output bandwidth and twice the memory, giving customers unbeatable "in-box" scalability and permitting easy onsite performance upgrades as applications and databases grow.
The K370 supports up to 4GB of physical memory, four HP-PB HP-PB Hewlett-Packard Precision Bus slots and three high-speed HP-HSC I/O slots. The K570 supports up to 8GB of physical memory, four HP-PB slots and nine HP-HSC slots. All systems run HP-UX HP's version of Unix that runs on its 9000 family. It is based on SVID and incorporates features from BSD Unix along with several HP innovations.
(operating system) HP-UX - The version of Unix running on Hewlett-Packard workstations. (2) 10.20 enterprise-class operating system, and all existing K-Class server models are board-upgradeable to the PA-8200 processor models.
The K-Class Enterprise Server line offers a K460 TPC-C A benchmark that measures overall transaction processing performance. See TPC. benchmark result of 14,739 tpmC at $133/tpmC, the leading TPC-C result for a system using fewer than 12 processors. The new K570 is expected to outperform the K460 by up to 50 percent on OLTP applications. The new servers are expected to provide three times the performance of Sun's UE3000 system, two times the performance of both the Digital 4100 system and IBM's RS/6000 J/R50 system and 30 percent better performance than Sun's UE4000 and UE5000 systems.
The new K-Class Enterprise Servers are excellent technical servers for EDA (1) (Electronic Design Automation) Using the computer to design, lay out, verify and simulate the performance of electronic circuits on a chip or printed circuit board. , MDA (1) (Monochrome Display Adapter) The first IBM PC monochrome video display standard for text. Due to its lack of graphics, MDA cards were often replaced with Hercules cards, which provided both text and graphics. See PC display modes and Hercules Graphics. , scientific research, and oil and gas applications. Performing more than 15,000 IOPS IOPS Input/Output Per Second
IOPS Input/Output Operations Per Second (server performance measurement)
IOPS International Organization of Pension Supervisors
IOPS Information Operations Planning System
IOPS Internet Official Protocol Standards per second, a four-way K-Class Enterprise Server provides users with an excellent file server to support several network segments.
U.S. PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The PA-8200-based K-Class servers can be ordered now with shipments expected mid-summer. Prices start as follows:
-- $66,900 for the Model K370 base system, which includes one 200MHz PA-8200 microprocessor, 128MB memory, CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
in full compact disc read-only memory
Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser). .
-- $86,900 for the Model K570 base system, which includes one 200MHz PA-8200 microprocessor, 256MB memory, CD-ROM.
-- Additional PA-8200 microprocessors are $25,000 each.
HP 9000 ENTERPRISE PARALLEL SERVERS
The two new HP 9000 Enterprise Parallel Servers are Models EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) A PostScript file format used to transfer a graphic image between applications and platforms. EPS files contain PostScript code as well as an optional preview image in TIFF, WMF, PICT or EPSI, the latter being an ASCII-only format. 23 and EPS 40. The Enterprise Parallel Server architecture combines the strengths of massively parallel processing and symmetric multiprocessing technologies with ultra-high-end scalability and investment protection for such applications as multiterabyte, very large-scale decision support and data warehousing.
The Model EPS 23 leverages the new K570 Enterprise Servers as SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing) A multiprocessing architecture in which multiple CPUs, residing in one cabinet, share the same memory. SMP systems provide scalability. As business increases, additional CPUs can be added to absorb the increased transaction volume. domains within the Enterprise Parallel Server architecture. These servers provide excellent investment-protection and server-consolidation features.
Based on the new high-end V2200 Enterprise Server, also introduced today, the Model EPS 40 provides users with the ultra-high-end scalability needed to run in massively parallel processing environments.
Highly scalable, the EPS architecture can support up to 16 SMP server nodes in a single system, allowing users to link hundreds of processors for a single enterprisewide application. The EPS 23 and EPS 40 servers support up to 84 and 512 processors, respectively.
U.S. PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Prices for the HP 9000 Enterprise Parallel Server Model 23 begin at $124,000. Each additional six-way EPS 23 SMP node is priced at $86,900. Additional PA-8200 processors can be added to any EPS 23 SMP node for $25,000 each. EPS 23 servers can be ordered starting July 1, and are expected to ship in the fourth quarter of this year. Prices for the HP 9000 Enterprise Parallel Server Model 40 begin at $190,000. Each additional 16-way EPS 40 SMP node is priced at $151,000. Additional PA-8200 processors can be added to any EPS 40 SMP node for $25,000 each. EPS 40 servers can be ordered starting Nov. 1, and are expected to ship in December.
HP is the official information-technology hardware and maintenance supplier to the 1998 World Cup soccer tournament and the 1997 Tournament of France. Selected for its technology and skills to support and manage mission-critical applications, HP will help create an information-management infrastructure for handling game-scoring; media centers; personnel accreditation; hotel information; and various ticketing, stadium, warehouse and back-office operations.
Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global provider of computing, Internet and Intranet solutions, services, communications products and measurement solutions, all of which are recognized for excellence in quality and support. It is the second-largest computer supplier in the United States, with computer-related revenue in excess of $31.4 billion in its 1996 fiscal year. HP has 114,600 employees and had revenue of $38.4 billion in its 1996 fiscal year.
Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com . For specific information about HP UNIX system computing solutions, see http://www.hp.com/go/9000servers -0-
(1) PA-RISC stands for Precision Architecture-reduced- instruction-set computing.
(2) HP-UX 9.X and 10.0 for HP 9000 Series 700 and 800 computers are X/Open(R) Company UNIX 95 branded products. HP-UX 10.20 is an X/Open UNIX 95 branded product.
X/Open is a registered trademark, and the X device is a trademark of X/Open Company Ltd. in the UK and other countries.
UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.
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