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HP Looks to Avert Disaster

HP added disaster recovery features today to its server, storage, and virtualization offerings to try and breathe new life into its Integrity server product line and the HP-UX operating system.

The hardware giant unveiled several upgrades, including intercontinental failover for Oracle 10g, and support for Sonet technology on HP-UX 11i. The vendor has also added new Microsoft Windows failover, application stacking, and high-availability features to its Component Cluster Service and Cluster extension software. (See HP Upgrades Integrity Servers.)

John Owen, chairman of the U.K-based HP User Group, said that the enhancements to the clustering software, which links HP's Integrity servers with the vendor's StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) midrange SAN devices and XP disk arrays, are much needed. "One of the reasons why some people have held off buying Integrity servers is the limited application base. The fact that they have upped their Microsoft Windows capabilities makes it more attractive for application vendors," he says.

With application vendors concentrating on AMD and Intel's new 64-bit extension technology, the Integrity platform, which is based on traditional 64-bit Intel Itanium processors, is at risk of being left behind, according to Owen. "[64-bit] Itanium has to have that [extended] application base, otherwise it will be relegated to a specialist chip for things like database applications and specific number-crunching applications."

HP has also added new encryption features to HP-UX 11i, which is the vendor's version of Unix, specifically aimed at protecting sensitive data such as credit-card numbers and healthcare records.

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