Chasing AIX and Solaris shops, other goodies
The HP-UX 11i v3 Update 7 release coming out today also includes a new application porting tool aimed at making it easier to move AIX workloads running on Power Systems to HP-UX running on Itanium processors. The AIX to HP-UX porting kit (AHPK for short), complements an existing Solaris to HP-UX porting tool.
AHPK helps programmers moving code to HP-UX by automatically changing the AIX API calls in their code to the appropriate ones in HP-UX, to change the flags in their compilers to match whatever settings are needed for HP-UX, and to modify header files and libraries from AIX settings to HP-UX settings. If the AHPK tool can't figure out what to change in some AIX code (very likely C or C++), it flags it for developers, but does not automatically order the pizza and Jolt. The tool can port applications compiled for AIX 5.2 and 5.3, but does not yet support AIX 6.1 from two years ago or the new AIX 7.1, just announced in August.
HP-UX 11i v3 Update 7 is available now, but the HP 9000 containers and AIX to HP-UX porting kit will not be available until October 15.
In conjunction with the HP-UX 11i v3 Update 7 release, HP is pushing out an update of its ServiceGuard clustering software for its home-grown Unix, which is celebrating its 20th birthday and is, according to Curtin-Mestre, "the number one solution for Unix clustering," ahead of IBM's PowerHA for AIX and Oracle's Sun Cluster for Solaris. But perhaps not ahead of the different Oracle Real Application Clusters, which is a different kind of clustering in that it is a shared-nothing cluster while the other three are interested in replicating data around clusters to create a hot backup system in the event the primary fails.
With the ServiceGuard 11.2 release coming out this week, HP is taking the ease-of-use fight to Oracle's home front, and now ServiceGuard has wizards to help cluster administrators to more easily set up a cluster for Oracle's E-Business Suite. This application software stack is comprised of over 200 different modules and it can take over 30 days to set up a ServiceGuard cluster for E-Business Suite. With the Oracle wizards, now you can do it in two days - and without custom script coding.
The update also now allows the Oracle Data Guard data replication feature, which keeps two databases (a primary and a backup) in synch, to be itself mirrored using ServiceGuard. Now, if the Oracle Data Guard feature fails, it has a hot spare and data replication can continue. You can also create a ServiceGuard cluster of an Oracle RAC cluster, and HP has tweaked its clustering software to load all the nodes in a multi-node application (such as RAC or an SAP ERP stack) all at the same time instead of sequentially to boost restart times.
The ServiceGuard 11.2 release also has the typical performance improvements and usability enhancements, and with a new set of wizards, a simple cluster can be set up in under a minute.
In conjunction with the StorageWorks storage division and HP Labs, the Business Critical Systems division is rolling out a new tool called the HP Application Performance Extender, which is used to prioritize server and storage resources in an HP-UX system, but to do so in a dynamic fashion based on service-level goals for particular applications. This feature, called APEX, will be a paid-for feature of the high-end StorageWorks P9500 disk arrays, also announced today, and works with Updates 6 and 7 of HP-UX 11i v3. ®
How about porting HP-UX, OpenVMS, NonStop on AMD64/x86_64 and stop wasting time on Itanium. Also finish the AdvFS and TruCluster ports on HP-UX.
AIX/Solaris to HPox on Itanic
"The HP-UX 11i v3 Update 7 release coming out today also includes a new application porting aimed at making it easier to move AIX workloads running on Power Systems to HP-UX running on Itanium processors."
Why would you want to? (The strategy bombed last time.)
"countdown to very predictable Jesper IBM benchmark squealing in three... two... one.....)"
Zero.. Been busy got a new job, moved from operational to strategic. Actually what I found out on some of the work I've done internally to cut cost, is that we make very very little money on x86 offerings. Their short lifespan, combined with the cost of setting them up and pulling them down. Also the software costs per capacity unit is terrible.
The ones we have the best client satisfaction, and we also make a good profit on, as we can leverage the the fact that we have a lot of smart people, for example I think we have one of the best teams of Solaris sysadmins I've ever seen, is UNIX. So we like UNIX. Clients are happy, we are happy.
But we don't like the small UNIX machines, has to have a critical size, and then use a shitload of virtualization. Cheapest UNIX box in TCO, for us, is still the POWER 770 if used right. Now if the client will be content with containers on Solaris, then we can also make a bit of a sweet deal there, although the HW kind of sucks. But let's see how "T3+" turns out. If it has decent single threaded performance then that will be a good thing for our Solaris offering.
"(he even had a hosting company in Denmark that was looking for a complete PA-RISC SD32 - any ideas, Jesper?)."
Actually that could be us, we have no PA SD's on the 'Spare list '. We do on the other hand have quite a lot of Large Last generation SUN boxes like E25K's and older. Even an old Starfire. They need to go to a broker. Otherwise it's mostly massive amounts of HP/IBM/SUN/DELL blades and 1-4U servers.(And I was actually asked by a client team about the performance of the PA 8900 versus Tukwila, and what it would cost to do a migration project from PA->Itanium)
I was also asked to give my 10 cents on the new SD2. Lets just say that the our client architect was quite choked that it was based on a reengineered c-7000 BladeSystem chassis. Not that I was trying to put it down or anything, but I'll put it in the same class as the power 7[7/8]0, which in technology it actually has quite a few similarities with. So we'll have the reverse story now, IBM used to peddle the 570's against SD's, and now HP will peddle SD-2's against 795.
But IMHO it's not in the power 795 class. Sorry.
Good thing about the SD2 is that is much cheaper in TCA than the old SD, which is good. But.. still when we do proposals POWER normally just comes out on top and with POWER7 it's really a nobrainer, HP needs to get their virtualization layer up to speed. Or at least what their sales teams are ready to do with it.
But with regards to the Whole x86 versus the Big UNIX iron. then our UNIX servers normally, looking at the serial numbers, can have a life of at least 5-10 years, going through several generations of upgrades. One of the new POWER 770's in our 'cloud' actually started out as a 1.9GHz p570 back in late 2004, and had almost 3 years of life as a POWER6 machine. And we also have HP UNIX gear that I can say the same about. But x86 is a buy and throw away thing. And the TCO is just terrible, cause client teams are just interested in TCA. They push the cost in front of them, trying to push it to the guy that is going to replace them, when the cost hits them.