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Transforming the server market into single platform: HP Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Jan. 31, 2012
According to HP Malaysia, its Project Odyssey will help to redefine future of mission-critical computing in the next few years.


PHOTO - Kelvin Khaw, country manager, business critical systems, HP Malaysia Enterprise Business.


HP Malaysia has announced Project Odyssey, which the company said would redefine the future of mission-critical computing, with the unification of UNIX and x86 server architectures to a single platform that will enhance performance and client choice.

HP Enterprise Business, Malaysia country manager, business critical systems (BCS), Kelvin Khaw, said, in late January 2012: "In the next five years, the industry is shifting to include the adoption of the Linux platform and this means mission-critical servers will also include UNIX-based platforms."

"The main reasons for this steady move are of cost containment, increased flexibility as well as increased performance," said Khaw. "A converged IT infrastructure gives the best of both worlds of both proprietary and open systems."

"Project Odyssey is also about helping to make mission-critical x86 architecture a reality, which reflects the gradual move towards more open systems," he said. "In the next two years, the project will include the enhancement of HP's proprietary Integrity/HP-UX solutions while also fortifying Linux and Windows server systems."

"In Malaysia, we also expect a general industry shift to x86 Linux based systems," he said. "CIOs' budgets are frozen or shrinking but there is a demand for enhanced business benefits. Over a five-year period, customers may realise 60-70 percent cost savings from open x86 architectures compared to current traditional systems."

"Organisations are challenged with increasingly stringent service-level agreements for their most demanding workloads, along with the pressure to be more efficient with their IT budgets and resources," said Khaw. "They need the availability and resilience of UNIX-based platforms along with the familiarity and cost-efficiency of industry-standard platforms."


 Continuing customer choice

Khaw said customers who have invested in Integrity/HP-UX, which is HP's flavour of UNIX, would continue to be supported in the long term transition towards x86 architectures. "Using advanced technology across a common, modular HP BladeSystem architecture, HP is developing platforms to enable clients to choose the best environment aligned to their organisations' needs without compromise, helping ensure investment protection for the long term."

"Moving forward in the next two years, hardware, software, and services will continue to be part of our focus," he said. "HP's new development roadmap includes ongoing innovations to HP Integrity servers, HP NonStop systems and the HP-UX and OpenVMS operating systems. The roadmap also includes delivering blades with Intel Xeon processors for the HP Superdome 2 enclosure (code name 'DragonHawk') and the scalable c-Class blade enclosures (code named 'HydraLynx'), while fortifying Windows and Linux environments with innovations from HP-UX."

"With the availability of 'DragonHawk," clients will be able to run mission-critical workloads on HP-UX on Intel Itanium-based blades while simultaneously running workloads on Microsoft Windows or Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Intel Xeon-based blades in the same Superdome 2 enclosure," said Khaw.


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