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HP Delivers New Standardisation Offerings for Enterprises to Reduce Costs and Simplify Change

  • 10 February, 2004 13:29

<p>SYDNEY, Australia, 10 February 2004 Ushering in a new era of standardisation in enterprise computing, HP today announced numerous new systems, software and services that help enterprise customers achieve greater competitive advantage.</p>
<p>"Standardisation is central to the HP Adaptive Enterprise strategy," said Steve Williamson, Manager, Business Critical Systems, HP Australia.</p>
<p>"The offerings enable companies to better leverage standardisation, through industry standard architectures, reusable components and consistent implementation, to reduce costs and simplify change.</p>
<p>"These new systems, software and services from HP and our partners enable customers to standardise their people, processes and technologies and lay the foundation for increased business agility," he said.</p>
<p>The new offerings include:
· HP Integrity servers based on Intel® Itanium 2® processors;
· An enhanced line of HP 9000 servers powered by new PA-RISC based PA-8800 processors;
· HP StorageWorks tape libraries and pay per use capabilities; and
· The HP NonStop Advanced Architecture based on Intel Itanium 2 processors.</p>
<p>HP has refreshed the HP 9000 product line with the next generation of PA-RISC processors, the PA-8800 dual processor module. These systems share common components with the Integrity server line, enabling smooth customer evolution to future platforms. They offer outstanding investment protection and performance as well as increased capacity and scalability.</p>
<p>In addition, HP has introduced a new entry level Integrity server, the HP rx1600. This 64-bit server is especially suited for clustered and scale out environments running Linux or HP-UX in telecommunications, commercial database, Web services and high performance technical computing environments. It features up to two Low Voltage Intel Itanium 2 processors and offers high density with a 1U design. This enables customers to deploy up to 40 servers per two meter rack.</p>
<p>Also launched are new models of the HP Integrity rx2600 servers, based on the Low Voltage Itanium processors. The rx2600 is ideal for customers who require two CPU servers with higher memory and input/output capacity than entry level servers. These servers also will be offered as nodes within HP XC6000 Linux clusters, which are scalable up to 512 nodes, for high performance computing.</p>
<p>With the launch of these servers, HP has announced the availability of the evaluation release of the OpenVMS version 8.1 operating system for HP Integrity servers for software vendors and early adopters, incorporating native compilers and tools as well as expanded functionality.</p>
<p>Also announced today, HP has introduced a pay per use financing program for the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array family, including the EVA3000 and EVA5000. A foundational building block for storage area networks, the EVA family is built with modular storage components, enabling customers to scale capacity on demand. In addition, its virtualisation technology is designed to dynamically reallocate storage resources to improve capacity utilisation, simplify management and optimise floor space.</p>
<p>Additional Product Information and Customer Benefits</p>
<p>HP 9000 Servers
· Existing HP 9000 customers can upgrade* to existing PA-8700 based servers by replacing the processors with the PA-8800 processors. This "in-box" upgrade capability helps protects customers' capital investments. Further, HP customers will be able to upgrade PA-8800 based systems to either Intel Itanium 2 based HP Integrity servers or to the next PA-RISC processor, the PA-8900, when it becomes available.</p>
<p>· The industry's leading UNIX® operating environment, HP-UX 11iv1, runs on both the PA-8700 and PA-8800 based servers. As a result, customers aren't required to requalify applications or infrastructure to take advantage of the new processor technology. This level of investment protection is unrivalled in the industry.</p>
<p>· PA-8800 based servers deliver up to 50 per cent performance increase over PA-8700 based servers with the same number of processors. Moreover, when PA-8700 based servers are upgraded with dual module PA-8800 processors, customers gain twice the central processing unit (CPU) count in the same system, doubling capacity and enabling up to 2.5 times better performance.</p>
<p>· The new servers feature many of the same components as HP Integrity systems, enabling a smooth evolution to Itanium based platforms. These components include cell boards, cabinets, memory and the HP zx1 and sx1000 chipsets. At the processor level, the PA-8800 processor features the Intel Itanium system bus.</p>
<p>· In addition to the new 128 way HP 9000 Superdome server, the new HP 9000 PA-8800 based servers include the 32 way HP rp8420-32 server, the 16 way HP rp7420-16 server, the eight way HP rp4440-8 server, the four way HP rp3440-4 server and the two way HP rp3410-2 server.</p>
<p>HP StorageWorks
· Designed for small and medium sized businesses and enterprise class storage environments, the HP StorageWorks EVA3000 and EVA5000 systems can hold up to 24 and 35 terabytes of data, respectively, on one machine. Previously available on the HP StorageWorks Disk Array XP series for large enterprise customers, pay per use for the EVA family enables businesses with smaller IT budgets to take advantage of the reduced costs and risk associated with utility pricing programs.</p>
<p>· HP also introduced the HP StorageWorks ESL E series tape libraries in both LTO Ultrium 460 and SDLT 320 industry standard drive formats. The HP StorageWorks ESL712e and ESL630e enterprise tape automation systems are self aware tape solutions designed specifically for use in SAN environments.</p>
<p>· In addition to using reusable components, the ESL712e and ESL630e libraries offer customers the ability to modularly scale their storage capacity with additional tape cartridges, and to scale performance of tape storage read write functions with additional Ultrium 460 and SDLT 320 tape drives. This modularity is achieved while reusing the intelligent management features of the E series tape libraries.</p>
<p>· The E series libraries feature improved storage density within a single, smaller library design increasing total capacity to 14.2 terabytes per square foot compared to 9.5 terabytes per square foot on the existing platform. In addition, when integrated with the HP Extended Tape Library Architecture, customers can benefit from the ability to manage more storage in less floor space with fewer IT resources.</p>
<p>Australian Availability and pricing
HP Integrity rx1600 expected to be available end February from $4,200 list, includes one 1.0-GHz Low Voltage Itanium 2 processor, 512 MB memory and one 36 GB disk.
HP Integrity rx2600 available end February from $6,000 list, includes one 1.0-GHz Low Voltage Itanium 2 processor, 1 GB memory, and one 36 GB disk.
HP 9000 Superdome expected to be available end February from $730,000 list, configuration is 8 processors and 8GB memory.
HP 9000 rp8420-32 available end February from $264,000 list, configuration is 4 processors with 8GB memory.
HP 9000 rp7420-16 available end February from $108,000 list, configuration is 4 processors with 8GB memory.
HP 9000 rp4440-8 available end February from $37,000 list, configuration is 2 processors with 2GB memory.
HP 9000 rp3440-4 available end February from $14,000 list, configuration is 2 processors with 2GB memory.
HP 9000 rp3410-2 available end February from $7,200 list</p>
<p>Note: All prices are list prices (excluding GST) and are for starting point configurations.</p>
<p>About HP
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the fiscal year ending on Oct. 31, 2003, HP revenue totalled US$73.1 billion. More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.au.</p>
<p>* Applicable to the rp7410, rp8400 and Superdome PA 8700 based systems.</p>
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<p>Editorial Contact:
Vivienne Dye
Burson Marsteller
Ph: 02 9928 1517
vivienne_dye@au.bm.com</p>
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North Ryde NSW 2113
www.hp.com.au</p>

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