HP Unveils High-End x86 Superdome, NonStop Servers

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-12-02 Print this article Print
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According to company officials, Superdome X offers four times faster transactions speeds than other x86 server platforms, as well as 20 times more reliability and 60 percent less downtime. It also drives down total cost of ownership by 32 percent compared with Unix platforms. It can scale to up to 16 sockets and 12TB of memory, and supports HP's nPars hard partitioning technology.

The system, which is available now, will run Linux workloads, with support for Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server coming later.

HP also has been looking to broaden the appeal of its fault-tolerant NonStop servers. Company officials a year ago said they planned to port the NonStop systems to x86, and in April unveiled new Itanium-based NonStop systems aimed at small and midsize enterprises that offer the capability of running more workloads than on previous systems.

The new NonStop X servers, which will be available in March 2015, will run up to 16 Xeon chips, support up to 3TB of memory and leverage InfiniBand for interconnect, and the systems can be put into a cluster that run as many as 4,080 CPUs. In the future, the company plans to expand the NonStop X lineup with entry-level systems, carrier-grade servers and new software offerings.

Also at the show, HP is unveiling new converged systems for cloud, mobile and big data environments. The solutions—ConvergedSystem 700 powered by HP OneView and Helion CloudSystem CS 200-HC—offer compute, storage and networking in a single package.

The new offerings add to HP's growing lineup of converged solutions. Many customers no longer want the onus of installing, integrating and deploying infrastructure resources into their environments, Brad Kirby, group manager for HP Converged Systems, told eWEEK. Instead, they want HP to worry about those tasks.

HP ConvergedSystems 700 integrates HP's OneView management software into the mix, which helps simplify tasks and reduce operational expenses. The new system enables customers to spin out new services up to 40 times faster than other systems by making it easier and faster to order, deploy and provision the infrastructure.

The Helion CloudSystem CS200-HC will make it easier for enterprises and service providers to build and manage hybrid clouds for both traditional and cloud-based workloads.



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