HP Integrity Server uses mx2 module

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) has announced what it says are significant achievements in its standards-based server portfolio, including new features in system design that aim to increase the workload capacity dramatically and to cut costs for HP Integrity server customers.

This is intended to be achieved with a new dual-processor module, called mx2, which is said to feature two industry-standard Intel Itanium 2 processors on a single module, which can plug into existing systems, delivering up to 35 percent lower acquisition costs than similar IBM Corp. systems.

"HP's focus on delivering the industry's broadest portfolio of standards-based servers, as part of our Adaptive Enterprise strategy, enables us to innovate, differentiate, and add value for our customers," says Paul Collins, manager HP industry standard servers. "These announcements demonstrate that our strategy is working."

HP's standards-based, multi-OS server strategy, built on two foundational architectures, x86 and Itanium, allows the company to invest in value-added innovation, on top of standard server and storage components. The announcement of the HP mx2 module was complemented by new integrity benchmarks, services and partners. In addition, HP announced record-breaking performance benchmarks for x86-based HP ProLiant servers.

The mx2 dual-processor module enhancement aims to allow increased performance, flexibility and investment protection on HP Integrity servers. Customers can consolidate more workloads onto an HP Integrity server with an in-chassis upgrade to the module, HP says. Customers also get additional choices in price, as this module doubles the processor counts for the existing HP Integrity server family, the company adds.

HP Integrity servers aim to offer the opportunity to consolidate applications from several operating environments, including HP-UX 11i, Windows, Linux, and, later in the year, OpenVMS. Already claimed to have superior performance characteristics, the HP Integrity rx4640-8 server with the mx2 dual-processor module is said to have outperformed all competing servers in the eight-way two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark as of this month. The SAP Standard Application Benchmark tests the hardware and database performance of SAP applications and components.

In the past 11 months, independent software vendors (ISVs) throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) have benefited from the cosponsored HP and Intel Developer Forum. As a direct result of IDF workshops, more than 357 new ISVs have been added to the growing list of vendors, already porting their applications to HP Integrity servers.

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