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Each nPartition has its own independent set of CPUs, memory, and I/O resources. You can use system management commands to move resources from one nPartition to another without having to physically change the hardware. In addition, dynamic additions of new nPartitions are supported.

  • Virtual partitions—Virtual partitions provide complete software fault isolation within an individual server or a hard partition. This means that any application or OS-related failure impacts only the partition in which it is executing—without having any effect on other virtual partitions running on the same system. In a system with virtual partitions, each OS instance is completely independent of all others. Operating systems in different partitions can either be different versions or have different tuning parameters. Therefore, virtual partitions are useful for testing new OS versions or applications without the need to replicate the deployment environment. HP Integrity Superdome servers will not support virtual partitions on HP-UX, Windows, or Linux at first release. However, it will support them in the future.

  • Resource partitions—Resource partitions address the need for the dynamic allocation of dedicated resources, within a single OS instance and between competing applications, in order to avoid resource contention. For HP-UX environments, HP offers HP Process Resource Manager, which allows system administrators to control the amount of resources that applications, users, or groups may use during peak system load. For Windows environments, Microsoft’s Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) is available to provide resource partitions.

  • Utility pricing solutions from HP—Instant Capacity, Temporary Instant Capacity, and Pay per use (PPU) enable dormant processors and memory to be dynamically activated and paid for as required.

  • Clustering solutions—HP Serviceguard, Extended Campus Clusters, Metrocluster, and Continentalclusters enable the implementation of cost-effective failover and disaster-tolerant environments without the acquisition of redundant hardware. HP geographically dispersed cluster solutions such as Serviceguard Extension for RAC (SGeRAC) extend clustering capability from a single data center solution to a transparent “virtual application environment” between two data centers up to 100 km apart in an active-active environment with no redundant hardware.

HP Integrity Superdome: ease of management

In spite of all of its power and flexibility, the HP Integrity Superdome is remarkably simple to manage, making your life easier with a host of management features and technologies. These include the following:

  • HP Integrity Superdome Support Management Station

  • Partition Manager

  • System-level and workload management tools for HP-UX, Windows, and Linux

HP Integrity Superdome Support Management Station

The Support Management Station (SMS) is used to run HP Integrity Superdome scan tools. The server is a PC device running Windows. However, existing HP 9000 Superdome systems can use the current UNIX SMS device with Integrity Superdome as long as the SMS software is updated. The scan tools are used to enhance diagnosis and testability of the platform throughout server development and manufacturing, and they are now available to HP field engineering organizations. Additionally, the SMS for HP Integrity servers is now supported for use as a console, with the addition of a display, monitor, and keyboard. This translates into better management, as well as faster and easier upgrades and hardware replacement.


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