HP Upgrades HP-UX OS, Serviceguard Software

Enhancements to HP's HP-UX 11i v3 operating system and the Serviceguard software will enable users to more easily scale and manage their HP Unix environments. The new releases also will allow businesses to reduce power costs. The HP-UX enhancements include features that enable users to deploy replicated servers and install software upgrades online. Users also can dynamically control the power required for individual processors, based on workloads. Serviceguard now cuts down on planned downtime for cluster maintenance, integrates workload balancing and reduces administration costs by 25 percent.

Hewlett-Packard is improving the availability of its servers in compute-intensive environments through enhancements to its Serviceguard Solutions software and HP-UX 11i operating system.

The upgrades to the two HP technologies, announced April 17, are designed to protect servers and mission-critical applications as a business scales its Unix environments.

HP Serviceguard A.11.19 software now offers online reconfiguration, integrated workload balancing and predictable performance as a system scales. Serviceguard-which is part of HP's Virtual Server Environment software suite-is designed to protect mission-critical applications from a wide variety of hardware and software failures by organizing multiple servers or server partitions into an enterprise cluster, and then monitoring the health of each node.

In addition, the latest Serviceguard offering restores service 83 percent faster than the previous version, eliminates all planned downtime that comes with typical cluster maintenance and configuration tasks, integrates workload balancing capabilities, and improves security for privacy data, in compliance with IPv6 and mixed IPv4 and IPv6 environments, which is required by U.S. and Japanese regulations.

The new Serviceguard release also uses a graphical display of the relationships between applications to reduce administration costs by 25 percent.

The HP-UX 11i v3 Update 4-which runs on HP's Integrity systems powered by Intel's Itanium processor-comes with greater automation and simpler management, HP officials said. Users will be able to deploy high-bandwidth replicated servers in hours rather than days through downloads of the HP-UX 11i system software.

In addition, new software versions can now be installed online through HP's Online Operating System Update service, which will cut in half the planned downtime that's usually required when upgrading from older HP-UX 11i v3 releases.

The new OS, through HP's Green Active Processors technology, also can dynamically control the power needed by processors based on workload requirements, which will reduce power costs. A feature called Disk Scrub also overwrites and erases disks, protecting sensitive data.

"This new version of HP-UX will enable customers to better handle orders for new business and reduce the costs of their technology infrastructures," Brian Cox, director of software planning and marketing for HP's Business Critical Systems group, said in a statement.