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Figure 1. The HP server family

The HP server product line available today represents a robust, scalable range of computing. These systems feature the following:

  • Application compatibility and portability across the product line, permitting users to select the best platform at the appropriate price point without worrying about whether applications will run on it

  • Fast uniprocessor performance, providing reduced time to solution through parallelism and increased throughput through multiprocessing in all supported environments

  • Outstanding scalability by providing the best price/performance over the entire range of products and protecting customers’ investments in hardware and software

  • A consistent programming model, presenting the same application programming environment regardless of the systems’ performance levels; this greatly increases the number of available “off-the- shelf” third-party applications and reduces porting and development costs

  • Leading-edge utility pricing models (Pay per use, Instant Capacity, and Pay per forecast), allowing customers who run HP-UX to better align their IT costs with revenues as their technology usage fluctuates over time

  • Broader application support due to the Intel Itanium Processor Family and multi-OS capabilities

The need for “big iron”

Some applications demand maximum levels of performance, scalability, and availability. For instance, in the data center, where transaction processing is handled and the backbone of mission- critical applications runs, you’ll want the best servers available to keep those applications running and meeting quality-of-service goals, 24 x 7. Workloads such as online transaction processing (OLTP) with database engines, data mining, high-performance technical computing, and CRM are best handled by “big iron,” top-of-the-line computers that also combine security, scalability, flexibility,

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