Through patented process-pair technology, improved middleware and a new NonStop operating system, the NB50000c provides:
- Instant software takeover in the event of a software or hardware fault
- Multiple failure fault tolerance
- Increased manageability
- Improved performance
- Ease of upgrades
- Support for the latest dual-core Intel processors
John Hart, group managing director of technology engineering at CME Group, a CME/Chicago Board of Trade Company, says his business has achieved outstanding throughput and response time using the HP Integrity NonStop Platform.
“Suffice it to say that when you’re moving $6 trillion in a single day, downtime is expensive. This is a business in which we do everything we can to avoid any downtime at all, and we’ve been incredibly successful at operating a high-reliability, stable environment. The Integrity NonStop system plays a key role in this success.”
CME Group’s Hart is enthusiastically looking forward to the benefits his company will gain from the NonStop platform running on a bladed form factor.
“We’re looking for performance. Our expectation of the blade environment is that we will be able to take advantage of faster processing speeds… The blade environment is also more compact; it will use less space in our data center, and space is a premium for us,” he says.
“As NonStop becomes more affordable through a bladed architecture, people who never thought they could get the ultimate in availability are saying, ‘hey, I think I could—and should—do that’,” Meyer says. “For instance, we’re starting to see government agencies with lots and lots of data to move now looking at NonStop as a means to extend performance.” Often, says Meyer, older systems can be redeployed for testing and R&D work, preserving the value of the customer’s initial investment.
Presenting the new opportunities realized from the Integrity NonStop BladeSystem to savings-conscious business executives should be easy, Prather suggests.
“They already understand that you can drive down costs by moving to an industry-standard architecture, but in the past it has been more problematic to do that for the most mission-critical applications.
“Now they can take advantage of volume economics to drive down total cost of ownership for even the most business-critical application.”
*“Trends in IT Value,” The Standish Group International, June 2008.