HP intros new technology for eight-processor ProLiant servers.HP (NYSE NYSE
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HPQ High Priority Queue ) has introduced two servers delivering record-breaking performance and an outstanding increase in server availability. They feature the groundbreaking HP F8 chipset, innovative hot-plug RAID memory capabilities and HP ProLiant Essentials management software, making them ideal platforms for high-performance, database, business applications and IT consolidation projects. The servers, the new HP ProLiant DL740 and the second-generation HP ProLiant DL760, are the latest additions to the industry-standard HP ProLiant DL700 series.
HP leads the eight-way server See 8-way. market with 50.7 percent market share, built upon a simple approach to deliver innovation based on industry standards. HP ProLiant servers continue to lead the advance of standards-based computing higher into the enterprise, with the next-generation ProLiant DL760 server delivering an unbeaten combination of 115,025 transactions per minute (tpmC) with a price/performance of $7.69/tpmC.
"Our new eight-way ProLiant servers provide a powerful platform to handle complex applications typically handled by more expensive, proprietary systems," said James Mouton James Raleigh Mouton was born on December 19, 1968 in Denver, Colorado. He was a former Major League Baseball outfielder who primarily played for the Houston Astros. In addition, the lesser known Mouton also played for the San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos and Milwaukee Brewers. , vice president, Platforms, HP Industry Standard Servers. "These additions to our ProLiant DL700 series offer new opportunities to migrate and consolidate applications to more powerful and cost-effective servers in highly available Windows- and Linux-based environments."
"The outstanding performance of the new HP 8-way servers will let us dramatically increase our server resources," said Jason Robohm, director of Technical Services, CROSSMARK, "and the hot plug RAID memory lets us expand our server capacity on demand, without having to power it down. Plus, with the ProLiant Essentials Workload Management Pack, we can safely consolidate multiple applications onto a single server running Windows. HP makes my life easier by delivering the whole package--great performance combined with excellent availability and manageability, which in turn enhances our ability to deliver customized client solutions with unparalleled execution."
The HP F8 chipset enables the new DL700 series servers to deliver the industry's highest, industry-standard eight-way performance based on a proven symmetric multiprocessing See SMP.
(parallel) symmetric multiprocessing - (SMP) Two or more similar processors connected via a high-bandwidth link and managed by one operating system, where each processor has equal access to I/O devices. (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. ) architecture. A powerful follow-on to the Profusion chipset An earlier Intel chipset designed to allow eight Xeon CPUs run in an SMP-based multiprocessing server. The Profusion chipset was introduced in 1999. See SMP. that HP jointly developed with Intel, the F8 chipset has been designed for even higher performance and bandwidth by combining PCI-X (PCI eXtended) An enhanced PCI bus technology originally developed by IBM, HP and Compaq that is backward compatible with existing PCI cards. PCI and 32-bit PCI-X slots are physically the same, and PCI cards can plug into PCI-X slots. input/output technology, Gigabit Ethernet An Ethernet standard that transmits at 1 Gbps. Used mostly to connect high-end workstations and servers as well as for network backbones, Gigabit Ethernet transmits full duplex from point to point using switches and half duplex in a shared environment (CSMA/CD) using a hub. , Ultra3 SCSI See Ultra SCSI. and Intel Xeon processor MP.
HP's hot-plug RAID memory, part of its Advanced Memory Protection software suite, provides the highest level of memory fault protection in the industry. Providing hot-replace and hot-add capabilities, HP RAID memory uses a redundant array of industry-standard dual in-line memory modules to provide fault tolerance See fault tolerant.
(architecture) fault tolerance - 1. The ability of a system or component to continue normal operation despite the presence of hardware or software faults. This often involves some degree of redundancy.
2. and the ability to expand memory capacity without downtime.
With HP hot-plug RAID memory technology, these new ProLiant servers deliver levels of fault tolerance and availability ideal for running demanding applications. This higher level of availability is expected to become increasingly important as Microsoft Windows See Windows.
(operating system) Microsoft Windows - Microsoft's proprietary window system and user interface software released in 1985 to run on top of MS-DOS. Widely criticised for being too slow (hence "Windoze", "Microsloth Windows") on the machines available then. Server 2003 and Linux dramatically increase the addressable Reachable. When something is addressable, it can be identified and manipulated independently of its surroundings. For example, screen pixels and RAM memory are addressable. Each of the screen's picture elements can be individually turned on and off, and each of the memory's bytes can be memory in coming months and as more customers implement IT consolidation projects.
Eight-way HP ProLiant servers also are ideal platforms for consolidation of processor-intensive applications. HP provides a range of HP and third-party technologies along with a comprehensive set of services for customers moving to a consolidation environment.
HP Workload Management Pack, based on the Microsoft Job Objects functionality contained in Microsoft Windows 2000 server operating systems, allows multiple applications to safely run on a single Windows 2000/2003 server, where each application has access to specific processor and memory resources, giving the flexibility to dynamically adjust resources as application demands change.
HP partner technology, such as VMware, further extends partitioning capabilities on HP ProLiant servers by enabling customers to run multiple, and even disparate, operating systems Operating systems can be categorized by technology, ownership, licensing, working state, usage, and by many other characteristics. In practice, many of these groupings may overlap. and applications on the same server. HP Services provides extensive assessment, consulting and integration services to ensure optimal return for customer consolidation efforts.
Also announced recently are two new additions to the HP ProLiant Essentials management software product line: HP Insight Manager 7 SP2 and the HP ProLiant Essentials Performance Management Pack. HP Insight Manager 7 has an enhanced user interface that provides an integrated console for the Performance Management Pack.
The Performance Management Pack features the ProLiant Performance Analyzer, which identifies and explains hardware bottlenecks on ProLiant servers. In addition to providing corrective recommendations in existing server deployments, the software aids in the optimization of new deployments, enabling customers to manage performance issues for increased application availability.
Available today, estimated U.S. prices for the HP ProLiant DL740 server start at $24,999, while estimated U.S. prices for the second-generation HP ProLiant DL760 server start at $27,999.
Licenses for the HP ProLiant Essentials Workload Management Pack are $499 per server. Estimated U.S. licenses for HP ProLiant Essentials Performance Management Pack are $99 per monitored server. The two management packs are currently available only for Windows environments. HP Insight Manager 7 SP2 ships free with ProLiant servers.