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HP Hitches Virtual Ride

HP, which recently reshuffled its storage and server businesses, today overhauled its HP-UX operating system and unveiled new hardware in order to lure users away from IBM and Sun. (See HP Unveils New OS, HP Reshuffles More Software, and HP's New Unit Meant to Spur Storage.)

Despite this flurry of marketing spiel, there is still concern in some quarters that HP is not doing enough to keep its own customers in the loop about its UNIX strategy.

Virtualization and blade servers appear to be at the heart of this roadmap. HP, apparently hell-bent on breathing new life into its data management business, boosted its HP-UX virtualization story by taking the wraps off the first server blade, based on its Integrity technology today. (See HP Forms New Unit, HP Unveils Blade Design, and HP to Consolidate Data Centers.)

With the launch of HP-UX version 3, HP has added a set of software tools which include the ability to migrate memory from one virtual machine to another. This, according to the vendor, can save users money by avoiding wasted memory resource.

HP has also developed an "online patching" feature for mirroring virtual data while a patch gets installed, unveiled a set reference architectures for quickly deploying Oracle and SAP applications, and improved its clustering story. (See Oracle Broadens Portfolio .) Virtual data can now be transferred across three rather than two data centers in the event of a failover, according to HP execs.

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