HP Moves NonStop to Itanium

The systems vendor promises a server with 'seven-nines' availability.
Hewlett-Packard has popped Intel's Itanium chips into its NonStop computers and offered its last PA-RISC processor in order to boost the performance of its high-end servers.

HP is moving its NonStop server line into its Integrity family with the new Integrity NonStop servers, which combine the always-on availability of the NonStop machines with the scalability and cost-effectiveness of servers powered by Itanium.

The Integrity NonStop servers offer optional levels of availability with dual and triple modular redundancy, which aim to provide 99.99999 percent availability to virtually eliminate server downtime. The platform also boasts a virtual application environment to distribute applications, middleware and data across multiple nodes and new clustering technology.

Randy Meyer, director of enterprise storage and servers at HP, said the goal is to provide a machine that provides solid computing power and reliable business continuity at an affordable price for stock exchanges and healthcare and government groups that require continuous computing service.

''We can increase the availability level of the systems by 100 times,'' Meyer said. ''We can deliver seven nines of availability, which translates to less than 3 seconds of unplanned downtime a year.''

''Because we're moving into an industry standard architecture with Itanium, we can deliver a comparably configured system for roughly half the cost of an IBM mainframe doing the same workload,'' he continued.

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