HP Introduces World’s First Blade Server for 24/7 Mission-critical Computing

LAS VEGAS, June 16, 2008 – HP today introduced the industry’s first high-availability, fault-tolerant blade server, delivering the lowest total cost of ownership of any server in its class.

The new HP Integrity NonStop NB50000c BladeSystem supports high transaction volumes and provides real-time response capabilities in a cost-effective design.

By combining the high-availability features of HP Integrity NonStop with the cost, change, time and energy efficiencies of HP BladeSystem, the Integrity NonStop BladeSystem is an ideal replacement platform for mainframe applications in industries such as finance, public sector and telecommunications.

Using the same amount of power as existing NonStop server offerings,(1) the NB50000c delivers twice the performance and occupies half the data center space. Additionally, the NonStop BladeSystem offers 35 percent lower total cost of ownership than competing offerings and up to a 50 percent decrease in cost per transaction.(2)

The server was introduced at the HP Technology Forum & Expo, HP’s premiere technical training event that brings together top customers, partners, developers and engineers.

With this addition to its server blade portfolio, HP is the first company in the industry to offer a full array of blade solutions for businesses ranging from midsize to those requiring 24/7 availability.

“The new Integrity NonStop BladeSystem provides 24/7 business availability and scalability to our customers through the economies of a bladed form factor,” said Ann Livermore, executive vice president, Technology Solutions Group, HP. “This is yet another example of how HP enables customers to manage and transform their technology for better business outcomes.”

Modular, 24/7 mission-critical computing

The world’s leading stock exchanges, emergency services and telecommunications companies rely on Integrity NonStop to support high volumes of mission-critical transaction processing. The Integrity NonStop BladeSystem offers a new way to transition customers’ most-demanding applications onto a highly efficient, modular form factor.

“We’re looking for performance,” said John Hart, managing director of technology engineering at CME Group, the parent company of the merged Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade. “We expect the blade environment to help us take advantage of faster processing speeds and immediately apply that to the [CME] Globex trading platform. We expect to see improvement in cost per transaction, throughput and response time, with additional gains as the system is tuned. The blade environment is also more compact; it will use less space in our data center, and space is a premium for us.”

The NonStop operating environment offered on a standards-based blade design ensures the highest levels of reliability. Its fault-containment design protects data while error-recovery features eliminate downtime.

Key features and customer benefits of the new HP Integrity NonStop BladeSystem include:

  • double the processing power in half the physical footprint through multi-core technology and HP BladeSystem;
  • reduced administrative costs with enhanced system management tools such as HP Integrity Integrated Lights-Out 2 (iLO 2), HP Systems Insight Manager and the Onboard Administrator for HP BladeSystem;
  • patented 24/7 fault-tolerant software built on standard components for reduced cost of ownership.

New incentive program helps customers trade up to blades

Across the globe, HP is enabling customers to cost-effectively modernize legacy mainframe applications on HP Integrity NonStop servers.

To assist them, HP has announced a new “NonStop FREEdom” incentive program that provides an HP Integrity NonStop NB50000c BladeSystem at no charge and a full year of NonStop platform software to customers who choose to migrate from costly mainframe architectures.

Offered with Logica, a leading IT and business services company, the program helps mainframe customers take advantage of the more efficient HP blade platform. More details on this new program are available at www.hp.com/go/nonstopfreedom.

Availability and pricing

The HP Integrity NonStop NB50000c BladeSystem is available today. For pricing information, please contact HP at +1 800 282 6672. More information on HP Integrity NonStop is available at www.hp.com/go/nonstop and more information on HP BladeSystem is available at www.hp.com/go/bladesystem.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $110.4 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

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