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HP Rolls Out Speedier Integrity Servers, New Virtualization Software

Hewlett-Packard on Monday rolled out a new generation of mid- and high-end Unix-based servers powered by its sx2000 chip set, code-named Arches, along with improved virtualization and management software.

On the strength of the company's new chipset, the HP Integrity rx7640, rx8640 and Superdome servers are capable of handling up to 30 percent more workloads than the previous generation of servers that used the sx1000 chip set. The enhanced HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE) software allows the servers to cut in half the time it takes to bring some virtualization projects online, company officials claim.

"What is important about VSE is it allows users to dynamically and automatically shift resources from one application to another based on service-level agreements," says Nick Van der Zweep, HP's director of virtualization and Integrity server software. "As more users log on to one server compared to others in that environment, VSE will provide the resources it needs to meet the terms of that contract."

Along with the new hardware offering, HP is supplying the HP-UX 11i reference architectures and toolkits for the VSE, which is designed to help customers bring virtualization projects online significantly faster when using software from BEA, Oracle, SAP and IBM. Company officials claim, for instance, that a VSE implementation with BEA WebLogic that normally would take anywhere from 17 to 34 weeks to complete can now be fully planned out and deployed in four to seven weeks.

Analysts believe HP's new systems are well-timed given what they believe is increasing demand among corporate users for speedier servers capable of deploying a variety of virtualization technologies.

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