Multilevel Servers

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2006-07-18 Print this article Print

In addition, the company also will announce a new chip set designed for low-end Integrity servers. In March, HP unveiled its sx2000 chip set—code-named "Arches"—designed to enable users to get 30 percent more work done across multiple workloads. Initially scheduled for release in conjunction with Montecito, HP decided to roll it out anyway when Intel delayed the chips launch. Cox said the Arches chip set, combined with such HP technology as its Virtual Server Environment, will give users great performance and flexibility for high-end workloads.
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HP customers will see even more options, he said. Platform Solutions, a new company developing a Montecito-based mainframe computer, also is a reseller of HP systems, Cox said. Platform Solutions new mainframe, which currently is in beta but will ship with Montecito processors, will not only run Linux and Windows, but also IBMs z/OS mainframe operating system. "That even lessens the hurdle" for businesses looking to migrate from mainframes to Itanium by removing the work of having to port applications from their mainframe environments, Cox said. At the July 18 event, Fujitsu Computer Systems is unveiling the PrimeQuest 500 series of servers, with the three systems—the 520, 540 and 580—scaling from eight to 32 sockets and offering 2.5 times the performance of the current models, said Richard McCormack, senior vice president of marketing at Fujitsu, in Sunnyvale, Calif. The systems, which will be available in September, also will offer up to 2TB of main memory, twice what is currently offered. Like HP, Fujitsu is expecting its own technology—such as the eXtended Partitioning technology—and the new Itanium 2 chip to offer users greater capabilities than competitive systems, in this case a more robust virtualization environment. Through the XPAR technology, users can partition not only CPU and memory, but also I/O, McCormack said. Service provider Electronic Data Systems is using the PrimeQuest platform with the current single-core Itanium as a way of offering clients a cost-effective architecture for their high-end workloads. Officials expect that to improve with the addition of the new dual-core Itaniums. "Were continuously challenged by clients … to reduce [their] costs," said Tim Hazzard, director of hosting solutions for EDS, in Plano, Texas. "What we found is that with minimal investment, [customers] could migrate off the mainframe and onto a Fujitsu PrimeQuest running Itanium, and see their operating expenses reduced." Hazzard said customers were seeing a 30 to 60 percent reduction in costs. The PrimeQuest servers answer most CIO concerns for migrating off of mainframes, given their reliability, scalability and performance, he said. EDS has been testing systems with the Montecito chip for about a month and will roll them out for clients later this year, Hazzard said. Itanium will be a key technology in Unisys future server architecture plans, which were announced in June, according to Feverston. "It offers significant performance and cost advantages for customers using Unisys ES7000 servers," he said. "We also believe that its underlying micro architecture will yield future generations of multicore Itanium 2 technology that will be highly beneficial to Unisys next-generation server architecture." Like the current ES7000/one, these future systems will run on both Itanium and Intels Xeon processors. The first of these new systems are due in late 2007. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.


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