UNIX®: HP-UX 11i vs. AIX—mission-critical functionality compared

Advantage: HP-UX 11i
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Announcing breakthrough value for HP Integrity and HP-UX customers

Looking for a mission-critical IT environment backed by an IT partner who knows UNIX? Considering a UNIX alternative to AIX, or consolidating your server sprawl? HP offers HP-UX 11i for real savings in IT simplicity and utilization. Review HP-UX 11i big-ticket advantages versus IBM AIX below—backed up by the substantiating technical differences.

HP delivers over 25 years of experience in mission-critical UNIX with HP-UX 11i. HP-UX surpasses AIX in ways that provide advantages to IT managers striving to meet goals of business continuity, risk avoidance, efficiency, and cost reduction.

Observed Performance (real World)UNIX users demand performance―it’s a fair starting point. In Gabriel Consulting Group’s 2009 results* of its annual enterprise UNIX users survey, HP-UX out-paced AIX (and Solaris) for the second year, in the category “Observed performance.”

“Real-world performance” involves much more than chip speed: the server design and operating system optimization matters, as does the ability to achieve performance goals with workloads running in everyday changing conditions. Ask for a proof- of-concept for your application stack, for the most accurate performance assessment.

Integrated mission-critical UNIX®: advantage HP-UX 11i

Big-ticket HP-UX 11i mission-critical advantages over AIX are:
  • Unique, powerful virtualization functionality with integrated high availability and more management control make HP-UX better able to meet service goals, provision and manage virtual systems more efficiently.

  • Learn more on the Virtualization tab
HP-UX 11i delivers where AIX does not: higher utilization and throughput with the industry’s only goal-based workload manager; smarter, quicker planning decisions with the capacity planning tool; and more adaptive utility pricing and integration. It all works together seamlessly.
  • Simplified single-pane-of-glass system management, contrasted with multiple separate tools on AIX. HP-UX 11i v3 delivers more intelligent control for more aspects of the system.

  • Learn more on the Management tab
  • Integrated high availability software that delivers less downtime and simpler deployment—with no need for potentially expensive custom services.

  • Learn more on the Availability tab
  • Integration: the power of HP-UX 11i mission-critical virtualization integrated-by-design—from engineering to testing to packaging, installation and updates, and functionality—all within an HP-UX 11i v3 OE. It just works.
The analysts agree that compared to AIX 10, HP-UX 11i holds demonstrable, cost-saving technology advantages that offer real relief in lowered TCO, without compromising security, availability, or performance.
  • UNIX security is a clear differentiator between HP-UX 11i and AIX. AIX requires third-party products to provide the mission-critical security functionality that HP-UX 11i delivers in every shipment.
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HP’s commitment to UNIX quality and functionality

With over 25 years of HP-UX experience, HP is committed to continued UNIX development with emphasis on mission-critical UNIX virtualization.

Gabriel Consulting Group UNIX user survey respondents voted HP-UX tops in “Operating System Features” and “Operating System Quality”―the foundation for the advantages HP brings to data centers around the world.

UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group.

*Results from Gabriel Consulting Group 2008/09 Unix Vendor Preference Survey. Survey period covered 12/08-03/09 with 266 survey respondents representing small, medium and large enterprise data centers. Respondents to the Gabriel survey reside primarily in North America, with about 1/3 residing in Europe.
For more information see www.gabrielconsultinggroup.com

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HP-UX 11i v3 delivers measurable benefits from more comprehensive and functional UNIX® system virtualization:
  • enabling you to maximize utilization of your mission-critical computing resources
  • pay only for what you use more cost-effectively
  • ensure IT alignment with your bottom-line goals

Intelligent control: simpler to use, greater scope, analysis and control

Today’s partitioning options deliver better flexibility and utilization than ever before. They also introduce new system management challenges—managing virtual systems along with physical systems, to mention one. For the best of both worlds—maximum flexibility plus simplified management—HP has invested in advanced virtualization management functionality that today is superior in three ways compared with AIX:
  • Integrated virtualization management of both virtual and physical servers, saving administrators’ time in contrast to disjointed tools to manage AIX physical and virtual servers.
  • Advanced capacity planning, with advanced what-if simulations to explore configuration and workload placement options, ‘best-fit’ recommendations, and energy consumption metrics. No such tool is available for AIX.
  • Automated optimal alignment of computing resources to your workloads with the industry’s only UNIX goal-based workload management software Global Workload Manager (gWLM).
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Hard partitions and secure OS resource partitions give HP-UX advantages in uptime, efficiency, and performance

HP-UX delivers two unique offerings that AIX cannot match: hard partitions with electrical isolation (nPars) and Secure OS resource partitions (SRP).

The workhorse for HP-UX data centre for years, HP-UX hard partitions (nPartitions or nPars) reduce the risk of downtime by electrically isolating the partition from the rest of the system, eliminating exposure to activities in other partitions. Enhanced in v3, Dynamic nPars enable modular hardware upgrades. Only the partition targeted for a hardware change comes down―all other partitions carry on working. Secure resource partitions build on nPars, to enable isolating workloads in a secure fashion, without having to create and maintain multiple OS images.

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Leadership utility pricing: more options and the only automated activation

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UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group.

*Results from Gabriel Consulting Group 2008/09 Unix Vendor Preference Survey. Survey period covered 12/08-03/09 with 266 survey respondents representing small, medium and large enterprise data centers. Respondents to the Gabriel survey reside primarily in North America, with about 1/3 residing in Europe.
For more information see www.gabrielconsultinggroup.com

UNIX® users voted HP-UX #1 by 40 percent over AIX in the both ‘Real World Manageability’ and ‘System Management Suite’ categories of the Gabriel Consulting Group, Inc. 2009 report. Easier management with richer tools translates into increased IT efficiency and quality of service―more of your work gets done when the UNIX stack requires less of your staff.
See our technical system manageability comparison between HP-UX 11i and IBM AIX on Power servers that explains, from our perspective, customers’ preference for HP-UX 11i over AIX and Solaris, when it comes to managing UNIX systems.

From single-system management with System Management Homepage, to managing hundreds with Systems Insight Manager (SIM) or Operations Manager, HP-UX 11i makes it easier for system administrators to control UNIX systems at lower costs.

Simplified management with a single-pane-of-glass view

With Systems Insight Manager (SIM), you have a single-pane-of-glass view into your entire UNIX environment, which aggregates control for efficiency and produces a more complete and current view—better for making your configuration decisions.
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Higher value results from HP-UX 11i’s integration-by-design

HP-UX 11i system management software is always included with our UNIX operating system. The integration begins in the labs where our engineers design, code and test products as part of the whole operating environment, with single-pane management console integration required.

From engineering to testing to packaging, installation and maintenance—it just works. The unified HP-UX 11i operating environments can be ordered with a single product number—you can simply add one more for your support contract.

From ordering to installation to production functionality—HP-UX 11i v3 integrates the entire UNIX stack, enabling higher functioning environments that are more astutely aligned with changing business needs.

UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group.

*Results from Gabriel Consulting Group 2008/09 Unix Vendor Preference Survey. Survey period covered 12/08-03/09 with 266 survey respondents representing small, medium and large enterprise data centers. Respondents to the Gabriel survey reside primarily in North America, with about 1/3 residing in Europe.
For more information see www.gabrielconsultinggroup.com

In the Gabriel Consulting Group, Inc. 2009 report, in the category Observed Availability, HP-UX 11i trumped AIX in ‘Observed Availability’ and ‘Availability and Reliability Features.’ This conveys users’ experience, not vendor claims.

These are advantages for the IT goals of business continuity and risk avoidance…and that helps the bottom line.

Our high availability solution comparison between HP-UX 11i and AIX below presents the technical differences that may explain HP-UX advantages in user experience.

High availability and disaster recovery: Advantage HP-UX 11i

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Integrated and simpler-to-manage cluster software

The most common configuration to ensure business continuity, high availability clusters can also be daunting to set up and manage. HP invests to simplify HP-UX 11i cluster set up and use. Our advantages increase IT efficiency by saving system administrators’ time, and availability by eliminating some risk of operator error.
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Only HP-UX 11i: functionality beyond Solaris pays off, especially for SAP R3 users

Using HP Hot Standby for liveCache in HP SGeSAP, slashes SAP liveCache recovery time from days or hours to as little as two minutes and is recognized by SAP as the first solution of its kind on the market.

HP invests to make HP-UX 11i on Integrity servers the most reliable, available platform for SAP deployments running with Oracle Database and DB2. Backed by world-class support from both HP and SAP, Serviceguard Extension for SAP is fully tested, approved, and endorsed by SAP to minimize implementation risks. Customers can also integrate SAP with HP Serviceguard Solutions for disaster recovery.

UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group.

*Results from Gabriel Consulting Group 2008/09 Unix Vendor Preference Survey. Survey period covered 12/08-03/09 with 266 survey respondents representing small, medium and large enterprise data centers. Respondents to the Gabriel survey reside primarily in North America, with about 1/3 residing in Europe.
For more information see www.gabrielconsultinggroup.com