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HP-UX Data Center Operating Environment and Integrity Server Blades for the Mission Critical Data Center

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Executive Summary

Today, the term "mission-critical" covers an ever-increasing set of data center workloads. As organizations evaluate opt ions for their next generation infrastructure, there are many reasons to look at new options. Current mission-critical infrastructure is frequently based on commercial UNIX environments deployed on large, expensive RISC servers clustered for high availability or disaster recovery. These environments are costly to deploy and manage, but up until there have been no good alternatives. Now, mission-critical capability can now be achieved in a more space efficient and flexible form factor - the blade chassis.

HP has recently announced the BladeSystem Matrix with HP-UX, which leverages HP leadership in systems management, server blade design, and operating systems to provide a resilient infrastructure well suited to the mission-critical data center. It demonstrates how IT organizations can apply HP Converged Infrastructure to improve service level s while returning dollars for business innovation.

This whitepaper discusses why HP-UX 11i v3 Data Center Operating Environment (DC-OE) along with BladeSystem Matrix with HP-UX makes an ideal choice for the mission-critical data center. The paper contrasts HP mission critical capabilities with Oracle Sun Solaris on SPARC and IBM AIX on POWER systems.

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