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November 23, 2011

HP launches “Odyssey” to advance mission-critical computing

The new roadmap includes delivering blades with Intel Xeon processors for HP Superdome 2, scalable c-Class blade enclosures

By CBR Staff Writer

HP has introduced new project "Odyssey" to redefine the future of mission-critical computing with a development roadmap that will unify UNIX and x86 server architectures.

The new HP development roadmap includes innovations to HP Integrity servers, HP NonStop systems and the HP-UX and OpenVMS operating systems.

Delivering blades with Intel Xeon processors for the HP Superdome 2 enclosure and the scalable c-Class blade enclosures, while fortifying Windows and Linux environments with innovations from HP-UX, are also a part of the new project.

With the new innovations, HP will enable clients running Linux or Windows to increase scalability with 32-socket "DragonHawk" symmetrical multiprocessing x86 systems that will scale to hundreds of cores and support large, complex workloads and increase reliability and flexibility with two-, four- and eight-socket "HydraLynx" scalable x86 server blades with mission-critical virtualisation and availability, all packaged in the robust c-Class enclosures of HP BladeSystem.

In addition, HP clients can increase the availability of critical Linux applications with the HP Serviceguard offering; boost flexibility and availability of x86 systems with HP nPartitions technology (nPars), boost reliability and resiliency of x86 systems with fault-tolerant HP Crossbar Fabric and enhance business continuity with HP Analysis Engine for x86 embedded into the system firmware.

HP Business Critical Systems senior vice-president and general manager Martin Fink said clients have been asking us to expand the mission-critical experience that is delivered today with HP-UX on Integrity to an x86-based infrastructure.

"HP plans to transform the server landscape for mission-critical computing by using the flexibility of HP BladeSystem and bringing key HP technology innovations from Integrity and HP-UX to the x86 ecosystem. Unlike the competition, HP offers an open, integrated, single platform approach," said Fink.

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