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HP Itanium products face a bleak future now that Oracle has announced that they will no longer develop software for Itanium processors. This recent development has HP clients wondering what they …

HP Itanium products face a bleak future now that Oracle has announced that they will no longer develop software for Itanium processors. This recent development has HP clients wondering what they should do next. The future of HP Itanium is in question, but HP does not offer an x86 solution for mission-critical workloads today. With a proven, innovative IBM x86 solution available now, it is time to begin a conversation about how IBM can help secure your long-term IT strategy as well as save you time, money and resources with a partner you can trust.

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  • 1. IBM Systems and TechnologyHP Itanium Migration toIBM System xWhy move from HP Itanium to IBM?
  • 2. 2 HP Itanium Migration with IBM System xHighlights● Oracle is the third software vendor, after Red Hat and Microsoft, to announce that they will no longer develop software for Itanium processors and will cease to support their products on Itanium● HP has responded to declining support for Itanium by announcing Project Odyssey, a path for migrating mission critical workloads to Intel Xeon-based blades—“within the next two years.”1● IBM offers an x86-based solution for mission critical workloads today: The eX5 portfolio, designed for analytics, transaction processing, virtualization, and ERP applications● IBM can provide an assessment through the IBM Xinfrastructure Optimization (XIO) program to develop a low risk migration strategyMigrate to IBM System x to secure yourfuture “ If workload analysis determines thatHP Itanium products face a bleak future now that Oracle has x86 multicores can do the job, we suggestannounced that they will no longer develop software for Itaniumprocessors. This recent development has HP clients wondering that IBM’s System x line be evaluated.what they should do next. The future of HP Itanium is in ques- We find it superior in terms of breadthtion, but HP does not offer an x86 solution for mission-critical and depth to Hewlett-Packard and Oracleworkloads today. With a proven, innovative IBM x86 solutionavailable now, it is time to begin a conversation about how x86 offerings for a variety of reasons—IBM can help secure your long-term IT strategy as well as save particularly in system design, configurationyou time, money and resources with a partner you can trust. offerings, and related systems software.”IBM is offering HP Itanium clients a low risk migration —Joe Clabby, President, Clabby Analyticssolution. Customers can switch to IBM eX5 servers withintelligent Intel Xeon processors through a minimal costmigration with an assessment from IBM® System x® LabServices provided through the IBM xInfrastructure Optimization(XIO) program. Clients will benefit from IBM’s award winning Key benefits of xInfrastructureconsulting services and industry-leading server systems Optimizationto achieve better performance, virtualization and energy Some of the possible benefits of performing the xInfrastructureutilization than comparable HP Itanium based systems. Optimization assessment are: ● Establish a business and technical justification for pursuing initiatives and migrations within your environment ● Establish a financial roadmap for the timeline and effort required to meet your goals ● Identify major technical challenges early on and develop mitigation strategies ● Benchmark the current environment with industry peers
  • 3. IBM Systems and Technology 3 Why should I choose IBM System x to run With the eX5 enterprise servers, IBM’s fifth generation of the my business? industry leading enterprise x86 servers, IBM engineers have IBM System x solutions are the result of our approach redefined X by radically expanding the capabilities of x86 servers, to building proven IBM innovation around industry-standard leveraging the deep history of IBM innovation. The new components. These solutions span feature-rich, scalable enter- eX5 servers emphasize three crucial design goals: prise x86 servers to rack-optimized servers designed for business productivity to entry-level tower servers. IBM differentiates ● Maximize memory: eX5 systems offer memory capacity itself in the crowded x86 marketplace by offering high value, beyond the constraints of industry standard servers. The enterprise offerings that are easy to deploy and manage, unique System x capability to expand memory independently leadership quality and service, and leading technology. of the processor has unlocked an unprecedented amount of configuration flexibility. You no longer have to add another (underused and expensive) processor simply because you need more memory for your existing applications. In fact, if your“ To us, the biggest difference is in the amount applications (or your need for virtualization) require huge quantities of memory—more than the chassis can hold, in of memory that can be accessed by the operat- fact—eX5 allows you to expand the chassis with an external ing environment (to enable more virtual MAX5 memory chassis, for the most memory in the industry machines to be run), and by applications in each of these classes of servers. that want to place more data in memory ● eX5 systems also offer the industry’s only solution for high in order to process that data more rapidly. performance internal storage. IBM eXFlash technology is an IBM’s system design and its innovations internal storage solution based on 1.8 inch solid state drives and performance-optimized disk controllers. A single eXFlash lead to the ability to install and exploit unit supports up to eight solid state drives, 240,000 random more memory than comparable HP’s read IOPS, and 1.6 TB internal storage. This exclusive servers. IBM’s 4 socket blades and its storage solution delivers significantly higher analytics x86 rack designs show the same type of performance at a drastically lower cost when compared to traditional hard disk drives. characteristics—access to more memory, better memory management, better ● Minimize cost: With the 2-socket System x3690 X5, System x (in our opinion) redundancy and availability has lowered the acquisition cost of enterprise servers, while preserving the ability to expand to much greater capabilities characteristics, and denser designs.” if and when needed. IBM doesn’t force you to buy everything up front, as some competitive systems do. You can extend —Joe Clabby, Clabby Analytics memory as you need it. And more memory means you can run more virtual machines (VMs) per processor, which helps lower your per-processor software licensing costs. See up to 50 percent savings in software licensing for the same number of VMs or database users or nearly twice the number of VMs (82 percent more) for the same license cost.2 ● Simplify deployment: With single points of management and remote administration, eX5 systems are built for simpler qualification, faster deployment and easier administration. eXFlash SSD technology allows you to drastically reduce cables and drives. IBM innovation helps set you apart from the competition. More affordable IT allows you to take cost out of IT and use those resources to fuel innovation in your own projects.
  • 4. “ IBM offers a steady drumbeat of strong innovations across all segments—from the x86-based System x systems to the © Copyright IBM Corporation 2012 higher-end Power Systems to the System z IBM Corporation mainframe business—and solid product Storage and Technology Group 294 Route 100 roadmaps in which customers can put Somers, NY 10589 their faith.” Produced in the United States of America January 2012 —Rod Adkins, IBM Systems and Technology Group, Sr. VP IBM, the IBM logo, ibm.com, and System x are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries or both. If these and other IBM trademarked terms are marked on their first occurrence in this information with a trademark symbol (® or ™), these symbols indicate U.S. registered or common law trademarks owned by IBM at the time this information was published. Such trademarks may also be registered or common law trademarks in other countries. A current Why IBM? list of IBM trademarks is available on the web at “Copyright and trademark IBM has experience moving thousands of clients from information” at ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml competitive platforms with minimal risk or disruption with Intel and Intel Xeon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel our proven migration methodology as well as our long history Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. of commitment to protecting clients’ investments and open Other company, product or service names may be trademarks or service standards. Matched with our award winning services organiza- marks of others. tion, IBM has successfully migrated 5700 clients in the last five 1 http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Mission-Critical-Computing-Blog/ years. IBM is willing to work with your other vendors to deliver Got-Questions-About-HP-Project-Odyssey-Single-Platform-Mission/ a solution right for your business needs. ba-p/103473 2 http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/migratetoibm/hp For more information To learn more about the IBM System x, please contact your Please Recycle IBM marketing representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit the following website: ibm.com/systems/x Additionally, IBM Global Financing can help you acquire the IT solutions that your business needs in the most cost-effective and strategic way possible. We’ll partner with credit qualified clients to customize an IT financing solution to suit your busi- ness goals, enable effective cash management, and improve your total cost of ownership. IBM Global Financing is your smartest choice to fund critical IT investments and propel your business forward. For more information, visit: ibm.com/financing XSB03025-USEN-00

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