Technical information for the Pre-sales community in EMEA
Partner Edition August 2002
Volume 2, Issue 7
industry standard server
in this issue
• Release of Insight Manager 7
business critical systems SP1.1…..
• Windows .net server customer
• Statements of Support …………………. ………………………………….
• Upgrading Alpha GS Series • Fault Management of
(updated document) StorageWorks in ProLiant Server
……………………………… Environments …………..
• 16X HH DVDROM option supported • New Linux Solutions …………………….
on selected AlphaServers . • Linux on Itanium 2 FAQs ………………..
……………….. • CIM and hp NetServers.…………………
• OpenVMS White • Ecperf Benchmarks.…...……………..…..
• AXL600L SSL Accelerator Card….
network storage solutions events/training
• EOL Info 1 GB Switches .……………….
• Scalable Reference SAN with Knowledge Transfer Event
NAS Configuration – Solution 26 – 28th November 2002
• Announcing Network View
• Multivendor Guide I & II
• EVA Configurator (updated)..
• Hp SanWorks Storage Resource
Cameron House Loch Lomond
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new statements of support
New statements of support can be found at our external web site at
UPDATE: 3X-DE602-BB/-TA Multi-Channel Ethernet Adapter and Daughter Card are
now Supported on Alpha Systems Under VMS: (published 23/07/02)
MSL5052SL MINI TAPE LIBRARY NOW SUPPORTED ON THE DS10 and DS10L
SYSTEMS UNDER VMS AND UNIX: (Added Unix V4.0F Support) (published 29/07/02)
MSL5052SL MINI TAPE LIBRARY NOW SUPPORTED ON THE DS20E, ES40, AND
ES45 SYSTEMS UNDER VMS AND UNIX: (Added Unix V4.0F Support) (published
Low Cost Floppy Now Supported on the ES40 and ES45 Systems Under Unix:
(VMS and Linux previously supported on 7/8/02)
Low Cost 1” Floppy Now Supported on the DS10 System with Unix: (VMS and Linux
previously supported on 7/8/02)
16X hh dvd rom option supported on selected alpha servers
Formal support has been announced for a 16X HH DVDROM option on
selected AlphaServers, including ES40, ES45 (to be 100% embedded in
the commercial version of this platform in July), and the GS series.
Support for DS10 will be added in the next month or so. The option part
number is 3X-PBXRV-BA, and this option is immediately available. As we
found and fixed a Tru64 Unix bug that was resident in the driver, there
are formal patch kits and Early Release patches required and available
from the indicated site, supporting all versions back to 4.0f. On
OpenVMS, the minimum version supported is V7.2-1H.
1. Please ensure the latest Unix patch kits are installed prior to
installing any of the CSPs below. The CSPs can be found at the
2. For Tru64 UNIX 5.1A install the latest Release Patch Kit:
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openvms white papers (57 papers)
On the web site of IT papers.com once can find an
entire section devoted to OpenVMS, even though
they refer to it as “Digital VMS”. Here, amongst
many other subjects, are articles on high-
availability, Disaster Tolerance using Fibre Channel, TCO, IT center
consolidation, and VAX to Alpha migration.
Elsewhere on the same site, there is an extensive section on clustering
(all platforms… Compaq is mentioned in a few of them), and others on
UNIX and etc.
To view these white papaers the user needs first to regsiter.
White Paper Titles
1. Compaq Super DLT Technology
2. Compaq Super DLT Technology Modular Design
3. Digital Video Archiving: the Evolving Reality of Any Content, Anywhere,
4. Digital Visual Messaging: an Evolutionary Medium for Out-of-Home
5. Fibre Channel in a Disaster-Tolerant OpenVMS Cluster System
6. Pennington / XTRAN
7. Server Consolidation Solutions for Compaq - OpenVMS on AlphaServer
8. The Compaq OpenVMS Approach to High Availability Computing
9. A Framework for Image Quality Perception
10. Advanced Performance LCD (AP/LCD) from Clarity Visual Systems
11. AlphaServer ES40 with EV67 on OpenVMS Delivers Dramatic Performance
12. Compaq AlphaServers Step Up to IT Center Consolidation
13. Delay Analysis of a Video Encoding System Based on Z1011 Real Time
MPEG Encoder Chip
14. Digital Visual Interface – Image Quality Starts at the Input
15. MPEG-4 and the Mobile Multimedia Revolution
16. Opening the Floodgates for Digital Information Services
17. OpenVMS on AlphaServer GS-Series Systems Configuration and
18. Quantifying the Total Cost of Upgrading OpenVMS VAX Systems to
OpenVMS AlphaServer Systems
19. Quantifying the Value of Availability
20. Screen Technology and the Quality Viewing Metric
21. Total Cost of Ownership for Enterprise Class Clusters
22. An Audio Video Link Layer Controller for Consumer Equipment Digital
23. Are Proprietary RISC Servers More Expensive than Their UNIX
24. Benchmark Performance Report for KSCL Jupiter Software on Compaq
25. Cluster Computing: A Review of Cluster Characteristics across Several
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26. Comprehensive Access to Data and Images Across the World
27. Configuring CI-Connected OpenVMS Clusters for Availability and
28. Continuous Computing Solutions: What Are They? Who Needs Them? What
Does Digital Offer?
29. DEC BASIC to Visual BASIC White Paper
30. DV for Amateurs. What to Choose?
31. How Important is Reliability in a Total Cost of Ownership Analysis of
32. Implementing Multiprotocol Solutions with Digital
33. LCDs and DVI: Making the Digital Connection
34. Migrating an Application from OpenVMS VAX to OpenVMS Alpha
35. NetBIOS-Over-TCP/IP Name Resolution Services
36. Networking Solutions for OpenVMS Customers
37. New Information Industry
38. OLTP Benchmark Results: Using Oracle, VLM, and OpenVMS
39. OpenVMS & Tru64 UNIX Mail & Messaging White Paper
40. OpenVMS and Windows NT: Working Together
41. OpenVMS Compliance with HIPAA Security Requirements
42. OpenVMS Data Warehousing
43. OpenVMS Disk Services for Windows NT
44. OpenVMS Futures
45. OpenVMS Software Strategy
46. OpenVMS: The Unlimited High-end for Windows
47. Reducing Business Risk with the New Compaq AlphaServer GS Series
48. Replacing a DEMSA/DECnis X.25 Connector Node with an OpenVMS Alpha
X.25 Connector Node
49. Statistical Multiplexing: Increased Efficiency, Flexibility, and Quality for
MPEG-2 Video Applications
50. StorageWorks ESL9326D - Enterprise Storage Library Technology
51. TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS, Version 5.1
52. Technical Tidbits on Wide Area Networking for OpenVMS Alpha X.25 V1.3
for OpenVMS Alpha
53. The Evolution of EiffelVision
54. The Use of A Simple Methodology for Flip Flop Conversion in a Digital
55. Using HTTPS with Java
56. VAX to the Future: the Path Forward for the VAX Customer Base
57. X.25 Connectivity Options for OpenVMS Alpha
upgrading gs series alpha server
247KB Upgrading GS Series Alpha Server can be a complex task.
This document intends to give an overview of the various upgrade
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Please note that the EVA configurator has been updated to version
The updates are as follows: keyboard functionality and compatability
bugs fixed, FC cables and transceivers quantity and other part number
are now complete.
multi vendor guide I & II
hp SAN’s with HSGxx RAID Controllers - Array Controller Software 8.7
(232 KB) Multi Vendor Guide
This document is divided into eight sections with each section detailing
the support offered for a particular operating system in connection with
HSG80/60 RAID controllers. Each of these sections is again divided into
six subsections, which are as follows:
Supported operating system versions with ACS 8.7
Supported Fibre Channel host bus adapters
Supported multi-pathing software
Supported cluster software
Fibre Channel external boot support
This document only describes SAN configurations involving fabric
switches (Brocade or McData) and the modular storage systems, the
RA8000 and ESA12000, which support HSG80 or HSG60 RAID
controllers with ACS 8.7 (unless otherwise is stated).
hp SAN’s with HSVxx RAID Controllers - Virtual Controller Software 2.0
(183 KB) Multi Vendor Guide II
This document is divided into eight sections with each section detailing
the support offered for a particular operating system in connection with
HSV110 RAID controllers. Each of these sections is again divided into six
subsections, which are as follows:
Supported operating system versions with VCS 2.0
Supported Fibre Channel host bus adapters,
Supported multi-path software,
Supported cluster software versions,
Fibre Channel external boot support,
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This document only describes SAN configurations involving fabric
switches (Brocade or McData) and Enterprise Virtual Array with VCS
eol info 1 gb switches
The NSS Fibre Channel Switch Team has recently introduced the 2Gb capable
Fibre Channel Switches.
The switches affected and the new End Of Life dates are shown below. (Table
1.) Also shown are the replacement 2 Gb capable switches. The 2 Gb switches
are operational either in 1 Gb or 2 Gb mode and are backward compatible to
the 1 Gb switches.
Also relevant to this announcement is the fact that the 2 Gb switches require
different cabling due to the transition from GBICs (Gigabit Interface Converters)
for the 1 Gb Switches to SFPs (Small Form Factor Plugables) for 2 Gb Switches.
Therefore, different cabling is needed depending on whether you are
connecting between 1 Gb devices, between 1 Gb and 2 Gb devices or between
2 Gb devices. Part number information to assist in cable management as well
as addtional information with regard to available options are shown in Table 2 –
Part Number Description EOL Date Replacement Descripiton
DS-DSGGB-AA 1Gb, 8 Port 7/31/02 DS-DSGGD-AC 2Gb, 8 Port, EL
DS-DSGGB-AB 1Gb, 16 Port 7/31/02 DS-DSGGD-BA 2Gb, 16 Port
DS-DSGGD-AD 2Gb, 16 Port, EL
DS-DSGGC-AB 1Gb, 16 Port, EL 7/31/02 DS-DSGGD-AD 2Gb, 16 Port, EL
2Gb, 64 Port, Core
DS-DSGGS-AA 1Gb, 32 Port 8/31/02 DS-DSGGE-AB Switch
2Gb, 64 Port, Core
DS-DSGGS-AB 1Gb, 64 Port 8/31/02 DS-DSGGE-AB Switch
StorageWorks SAN Switch Transitions (pre-merger Compaq)
1Gbps SAN Switch 2Gbps SAN Switch
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(176219-B21) SAN Switch 8-EL (258707-B21) SAN Switch 2/8-EL
(212776-B21) SAN Switch 16-EL (283056-B21) SAN Switch 2/16-EL
(158222-B21) SAN Switch 8 (258707-B21) SAN Switch 2/8-EL
(158223-B21) SAN Switch 16 (287055-B21) SAN Switch 2/16
(158223-B21) SAN Switch 16 (283056-B21) SAN Switch 2/16-EL
(230616-B21) SAN Switch Integrated / (254508-B21) Core Switch 2/64 (32 ports base
(230617-B21) SAN Switch Integrated / (254508-B21) Core Switch 2/64 (32 ports base
Core Switch Options
(286352-B21) Core Switch Blade 16 Port
(288141-B21) Core Switch Extended Fabric Support
(288144-B21) Core Switch ISL Trunking
SAN Switch Options
(262864-B21) Fabric Watch for 2Gb/s Switches
(262874-B21) Performance Bundle for 2Gb/s
(262868-B21) Extended Fabric for 2Gb/s Switches
(262870-B21) Adv. Performance Monitor for
(262872-B21) ISL Trunking for 2 Gb/s Switches
(262866-B21) Quickloop for 2Gb/s Switches
(257632-B21) Fabric Watch for 1Gb/s Switches
StorageWorks GBICs Transition to SFPs (pre-merger Compaq)
Transition From Transition To
GBICs for 1Gbps switches SFPs for 2Gbps switches
(380561-B21) Short Wave GBIC (221470-B21) Short Wave SFP
(234459-B21) Short Wave GBIC Pair None at this time
(300835-B21) 10km Long-Distance
(340412-B21) Long Wave GBIC Pair Transceiver Kit
(230800-B21) Very Long Distance (300836-B21) 35km Long-Distance
GBIC Transceiver Kit
StorageWorks Host Bus Adapters Transitions (pre-merger Compaq)
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Transition From Transition To
1Gbps Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) 2Gbps Fibre Channel Adapter (FCA)
(168794-B21) FC HBA, PCI (Alpha (261329-B21) FCA2354
Tru64/OVMS,1Gb) (Tru64/OVMS 2Gb)
Note: Transitional times of HBAs to FCAs are on a conditional basis regarding
storage array support, which may come at variable times due to certification
schedules. Please refer to the SAN Design Guide for actual compatibility with
the specific storage arrays.
Fibre Channel Cables
(SC-SC connector cables to support connectivity between 1Gbps and
(234457-B21) 2m SC-SC Multi-mode Cable Kit
(234457-B22) 5m SC-SC Multi-mode Cable Kit
(234457-B23) 15m SC-SC Multi-mode Cable Kit
(234457-B24) 30m SC-SC Multi-mode Cable Kit
(234457-B25) 50m SC-SC Multi-mode Cable Kit
(LC-SC connector cables to support connectivity between 1Gbps and
(221691-B21) 2m LC-SC Multi-Mode Fibre Channel Cable
(221691-B22) 5m LC-SC Multi-Mode Fibre Channel Cable
(221691-B23) 15m LC-SC Multi-Mode Fibre Channel Cable
(221691-B26) 30m LC-SC Multi-Mode Fibre Channel Cable
(221691-B27) 50m LC-SC Multi-Mode Fibre Channel Cable
(LC-LC connector cables to support connectivity between 2Gbps and
(221692-B21) 2m LC-LC Multi-Mode Fibre Channel Cable
(221692-B22) 5m LC-LC Multi-Mode Fibre Channel Cable
(221692-B23) 15m LC-LC Multi-Mode Fibre Channel Cable
(221692-B26) 30m LC-LC Multi-Mode Fibre Channel Cable
(221692-B27) 50m LC-LC Multi-Mode Fibre Channel Cable
Further details as to description and feature set can be obtained from the
respective Qucikspecs at
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scalable reference SAN with NAS configuration – solution guide
Customers need to understand how SAN (storage area network) and
NAS (network attached storage) technologies can be used together to
complement and optimize the way they use storage. The Scalable
Reference SAN with NAS solution describes a configuration that
incorporates a SAN to handle data management, data performance, and
scalability tasks with a NAS file server for data sharing between multiple
Scalable Reference SAN with NAS provides the following advantages:
· A SAN with support for heterogeneous servers, high availability, and
sophisticated data protection including snapshots, clones, and
remote data mirroring.
· A NAS file server that serves data to multiple users and that acts as
a gateway, bringing the benefits of the SAN’s highly available and
reliable storage to systems not directly connected to the fibre
· Centralized management, which allows customers to significantly
decrease the effort required to manage their storage infrastructure.
The intended audience is made up of IT administrators, who know basic
administrative procedures and file-sharing protocols for server, network
installations, and SAN administration.
announcing network view v2.0b !
Network View V2.0B is now available for download. Also available are
updated agents for various operating systems. NV V2.0B is a no charge
product update for customers who currently have versions 2.0 or 2.0A.
Installation instructions, release notes, and the software updates can be
Most notable updates for Network View V2.0B is support for Enterprise
Virtual Array V2.0. Other added support is for new Brocade and McData
switches along with HBA and OS agent updates.
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hp sanworks storage resource manager and storageworks nas solutions
Storage Resource Manager V4.0B supports StorageWorks
A White Paper has been written regarding the features and
benefits of using SRM with HP StorageWorks NAS.
The HP StorageWorks NAS Solution Family uses industry-standard
technology to bring new levels of capacity and high availability to
Network Attached Storage (NAS). HP SANworks Storage Resource
Manager (SRM) monitors and reports on disk space usage, reports on
and helps control storage consumption, and monitors system health,
allowing the administrator to prevent storage-related problems before
they affect operations.
This paper describes the main features of SRM, discusses how SRM
works with the StorageWorks NAS family and with HP OpenView
Storage Virtual Replicator, and outlines a typical installation and
configuration on a NAS system.
Storage Resource Manager V4.0B is available via Web
s/srm/index.html for current SRM customers. Any new
customer purchasing SRM will receive the SRM V4.0B CD.
release of insight manager 7 sp1.1
HP is proud to announce availability of Insight Manager 7 Service Pack
1.1. This release delivers enhanced capabilities for managing industry
standard HP servers (Netservers) as well as the ability to render visual
representations of ProLiant BL20p servers and their position within
blade server enclosures, and racks.
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You can get Insight Manager 7 SP1.1 in one of two ways:
1. Softpack SP19850 can be downloaded from the HP website at
http://www.compaq.com/manage. This softpack can be used to
update an existing installation of Insight Manager 7 SP1.
2. Insight Manager 7 SP 1.1 will be on the Management CD in its
entirety on version 5.5 of the ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack.
About Insight Manager 7
Insight Manager 7 represents the culmination of over a decade of
experience managing ProLiant servers. Insight Manager 7 helps
systems administrators maximize server availability by providing
proactive notification of potential system failures before those failures
result in result in unplanned downtime and reduced workforce
productivity. It also helps reduce server maintenance costs and
troubleshooting complexity by delivering the ability to track system
software revisions and update BIOS, drivers, and agents across groups
of ProLiant servers.
Concerned about asset management? Insight Manager 7 runs an
extensive data collection on each server running ProLiant management
agents and exposes this information through an intuitive reporting
mechanism. Reports may be saved for later viewing or exported for use
in off-the-shelf reporting packages.
Insight Manager 7 SP1.1 Enhancements
With Insight Manager 7 SP1.1 many of the benefits enjoyed by current
ProLiant customers are extended to companies with an installed base of
HP Netservers. These enhancements include the following:
1. Improves Insight Manager 7 discovery and identification of HP
Netservers and industry standard HP servers, HP Toptools Remote
Control Cards, and HP Server Remote Management Cards.
2. Associates HP Toptools Remote Control Cards and HP Server Remote
Management Cards with their host systems.
3. Enhances in-context launch of Instant Toptools, the HP Toptools
Remote Control Card, and the HP Server Remote Management Card
from the Insight Manager 7 home page and device lists.
4. Pre-registers HP Netserver MIBs, allowing Insight Manager 7 to
correctly interpret Netserver SNMP alerts.
5. Draws visual diagram of ProLiant BL p-Class racks, enclosures, and
More Information about ProLiant Management Tools
The Industry Standard Server team at HP is working very hard to provide
the best investment protection for Netserver and industry standard HP
server customers as they make the transition to the ProLiant platform.
For additional details on the contents of this upgrade, and more
information about how ProLiant management tools may be used to
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manage your Netserver and industry standard HP server installed base,
please visit http://www.compaq.com/manage
cim and hp netservers
Operational Management Interoperability Guide
(1.37 MB) HTTP://WWW.COMPAQ.COM/EMEA/PRESALESSUPPORT/DOWNLOADS/OPSFINAL.PDF
HP recognizes the challenges faced in managing distributed enterprise
systems. The growing mix of networks, computer platforms,
applications, and databases makes this task complex, especially in an
era of shrinking budgets. As HP transitions the industry standard server
products to the HP ProLiant product line, customers more familiar with
the HP Server product line may have questions about what the transition
will mean to their enterprise management strategy. In the new HP, as
the industry standard server products transition to ProLiant, the
management software will transition from Toptools to Insight Manager 7.
This document examines the similarities and differences between HP
Toptools and HP Insight Manager 7, providing information on:
• Managing HP ProLiant servers using Toptools – how to use the
current Toptools management software to manage both industry-
standard HP Servers and ProLiant servers.
• Managing industry-standard HP Servers using Insight Manager 7 –
how to manage existing HP Server products using Insight Manager 7.
• Migration Planning – guidelines for customers transitioning from
Toptools to using Insight Manager 7 as their server management
platform of choice.
• Integration Modules - information about existing enterprise
management integration modules for Toptools and Insight Manager
fault management of storageworks in proliant server environments
This document describes how ProLiant server customers can use
Insight Manager 7 to monitor faults in their StorageWorks SAN
environments. The combination of Insight Manager 7 and StorageWorks
management products, such as the Management Appliance, provide
systems and storage administrators with a simple, aggregated view of
their server and SAN environments. In addition to an overview of the
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fault monitoring capabilities, the configuration steps required to setup
this environment are described in detail.
Reminder: your customer can download Insight Manager 7 for free from the following
new linux solutions
e*Gate Integrator is a robust business integration platform that simplifies
connectivity and enables the delivery of information across the extended
enterprise, including customers, suppliers, trading partners, and legacy
e*Xchange Partner Manager is a web-based trading partner management
solution that automates and securely manages business partner
relationships for real-time interaction between the enterprise and its
partners, suppliers, and customers.
server that connects front-end Web servers with back-end databases
and legacy applications. It provides a reliable, secure, and object-
oriented foundation on which to deploy e-business applications in a
ACI Worldwide offers two new solutions for Linux. ACI e-Courier is a versatile
and powerful tool that delivers statements or any other type of
confidential document securely to the end user. ACI e-Courier for Billing is a
bill presentment and payment system that delivers secure, digitally
signed bills via the Internet directly to the customer's e-mail inbox.
SpiritWave Message Server from SpiritSoft, Inc. is a product suite that uses
Java Message Service (JMS) to integrate legacy applications with
linux on itanium 2 faqs
Q. Which HP Itanium 2-based systems are running Linux?
A. HP Server rx2600 and HP Server rx5670, HP Workstation zx2000
and HP Workstation zx6000 all run Linux.
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Q. What exclusive Itanium® processor family advantages for Linux® are offered by HP?
A. Scientists and inventors at HP Labs and HP’s Linux Systems
Division wrote and contributed most of the Intel® Itanium®
processor family enhancements to the Linux® kernel and tool chain,
plus significant additional portions for IPF Linux. Through David
Mosberger, IPF Linux kernel maintainer and Senior Scientist in HP
Labs, HP supports the ongoing development of the Linux kernel for
Intel Itanium processor family. In addition, HP has supported Linux
on the Itanium-based workstations and servers since HP
introduced them in 2001. In addition, HP will be preloading Linux on
Workstations and Servers shortly after introduction. HP has worked
with several Linux distributions to ensure broad support for the HP
Itanium-based systems. In particular, HP has worked with Red Hat
on their Linux Advanced Server technology to support HP Itanium
2-based systems ahead of their previously announced schedule.
HP also worked with MSC.Software to ensure that MSC. Linux was
available for high performance computing customers at launch.
Q. Which Linux distributions run on HP's Itanium 2-based systems?
A. Customers have several options
· Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstation will be available in early
fall of 2002 to run on zx2000 and zx6000 workstations. The
tentative availability date is September 16th. Red Hat will be
available preloaded on these systems.
· Red Hat Linux Advanced Server will be available in early fall of
2002 to run on rx2600 and rx5670 servers. The tentative
availability date is October 14th. Red Hat will be available
preloaded on these systems.
· MSC.Linux, a distribution that is focused on high-performance
computing and includes a set of tools to manage compute
clusters, is available.
· SuSe Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 8.0 will be available by
mid-November 2002. SLES 8.0 is targeted to be the first
product released that is based on the UnitedLinux distribution.
· Debian is available within the open source community for
advanced users. (See www.debian.org/ports/ia64)
· UnitedLinux will be tested on HP Itanium 2 – based systems
when it is available. As mentioned above, SLES 8.0 will likely be
the first available UnitedLinux-based distribution. UnitedLinux is
a group of Linux distribution companies that have committed to
using a common based Linux distribution. These distributions
include SuSe, Caldera, TurboLinux, and Conectiva.
· HP is actively working to make the leading Linux distributions
available on Itanium 2 – based systems. Please check back
later for updates.
Q. Why doesn’t Red Hat 7.2 run on HP’s Itanium 2 – based systems?
A. The enhancements required to enable HP’s zx1 chipset are not
supported in 7.2. Advanced Server has a newer kernel and HP and
Red Hat chose to offer the Advanced Server that is designed for
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enterprise applications consistent with the target markets for
Q. What is the HP Enablement Kit for Linux?
A. Each and every Itanium 2 – based system configured to run Linux
as the operating system is pre-bundled with an "hp enablement kit
for Linux" product. This takes the form of a media kit which is
dropped in the box. This media kit includes a CD and manual which
provide the framework and documentation for installing, configuring
and recovering Linux on the supported Itanium 2 – based system.
Q. What about UnitedLinux for Itanium 2?
A. HP will be certifying against UnitedLinux later this year. HP will
support SuSE that will be based on UnitedLinux and so we will
support the UnitedLinux base operating system on Itanium 2 –
based systems. The distribution companies that are committed to
UnitedLinux include SuSE, Caldera, TurboLinux and Conectiva.
Q. What is HP doing with Debian for Itanium 2 systems?
A Our Itanium 2 enhancements have been accepted into the Debian
project and are freely available at www.debian.org/ports/ia64.
Q. Does HP offer Linux compute clusters running on Itanium 2-based systems?
A. HP, along with its key partners, offers a Linux compute cluster
solution for Itanium 2-based compute nodes. For a densely packed
solution, an HP Server rx2600 2-way system is an ideal compute
node for performance in a small form factor. For compute clusters
requiring maximum performance without concern for space, the HP
Server rx5670 4-way system is the best suggestion. Finally, HP
Workstation zx2000 and HP Workstation zx6000 can be used for
design and visualization tasks one moment and later be repurposed
as a compute cluster.
Q. Does HP provide services and support for Linux on Itanium 2 – based systems?
A. Yes, HP provides a robust selection of Linux services and support
for Itanium 2 to meet all your planning, application porting and
migration, implementation, education and support needs. The full
range of services helps you make a smooth transition to the
Itanium architecture while allowing you to focus on your core
Q. Will my existing Linux Itanium application run on Itanium 2 without recompilation?
A. Yes. Applications compiled for Itanium Linux should be forward
compatible to Itanium 2, much like IA-32 Linux applications are
generally forward compatible to new revisions of the Pentium chip.
It is possible that broader changes in a Linux distribution could
change between their Itanium and Itanium 2 release that could
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impact an application. However, that type of distribution change
would be driven by issues other than a move to Itanium 2.
Q. Will my existing Linux IA-32 application run on Itanium 2, without recompilation?
A. There is support in the Linux distributions for running unmodified
IA-32 applications, taking advantage of the IA-32 emulation mode in
the Itanium and Itanium 2 processors. While you get effective
performance in IA-32 compatibility mode, you won’t achieve the
full power of Itanium without running your applications in 64-bit
native mode. This is not an important consideration for non-
performance critical applications, but we recommend that you port
your other applications from compatibility mode to native mode at
some point to take advantage of Itanium’s leading-edge
capabilities. This will require recompiling, and may require some
recoding to be 64-bit clean.
Q. Will my existing Linux application easily recompile for Itanium 2?
A. Generally, yes. Linux on Itanium 2 is "just Linux", with the same
APIs as you would find on other platforms. If a Linux application is
being ported to Itanium for the first time, there are some potential
areas that could be an issue. For example, Linux on Itanium
supports 64-bit applications only. In order to successfully port to
Itanium, an application would need to be 64-bit clean.
ECperf Benchmark for a Hewlett-Packard ProLiant DL360 cluster using Oracle9iAS, Red
Hat 2.1 Advanced Server and Oracle9i Database
HP Proliant has the best overall price/performance benchmark on
Oracle 9i AS with Red Hat Advanced Server at $5 per Bbops.
ECperf Benchmark for the Hewlett Packard ProLiant ML530-G2 using BEA WebLogic
Version 7.0 Advantage Edition, Red Hat Linux, and Oracle 9.2 Enterprise Edition
HP Proliant has the best Linux price/performance benchmark for BEA
WebLogic at $9 per Bbops.
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axl600l ssl accelerator card
The hp/Atalla AXL600L SSL Accelerator Card is a 33-
MHz, 32-bit device that incorporates a dual voltage
signal bus and meets or exceeds PCI 2.2
specifications. The AXL600L overcomes the
performance bottleneck customers see in SSL-
secured Linux application servers. It adds a
dedicated coprocessor to a ProLiant or HP server, offloading cycle-
consuming cryptographic processing. The AXL600L supports more than
600 SSL connections per second with standard web servers such as
Netscape 6, and Apache with OpenSSL 0.9.5a or later.
It can be installed in ProLiant and HP IA-32 servers running major Linux
distributions at kernel version 2.4.6 or later as well as HP-lx(S) secure
Inside the hp/Atalla AXL600L PCI Accelerator Card
The SSL performance bottleneck is a pressing problem that affects the
bottom line of many e-retailers, ISP/ASPs, and other dot com
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is
ubiquitous throughout the Internet
SSL is the de facto industry
protocol for the Internet
today. SSL does not require a
complex architecture to be in
place before use. SSL is
deployed in virtually every
browser and in millions of
web servers around the
SSL has been deployed in
many different application
areas within the Internet.
According to the Gartner
Group, SSL has been implemented in over 1200 Internet solutions thus
far. Security is simply a tool for risk management and SSL provides
perfectly adequate security for most applications.
The SSL Performance Bottleneck:
Within the SSL protocol, it is mandatory that the server authenticate
itself to the browser which requires the server to compute a single RSA
operation—a private key decryption—to establish a secure session. RSA
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private key operations are a very compute intensive operation, requiring
nearly one-tenth of a second on the fastest Pentium processor. This
single operation may account for over 95% of a server’s SSL
processing. The most common domestic key length for SSL
authentication is 1024 bits. Why does a 1024-bit RSA private key
operation require millions of CPU instructions to perform? Because the
basic math behind RSA is modular exponentiation of a set of 1024-bit
long integers. Breaking down x^y mod z (where x, y, and z are over a
thousand bits in length each) into small enough steps for a 32-bit
processor is not efficient. Many web servers initially only service
requests for web pages and then only later offer some product for sale.
Then security is added, often in the form of SSL, and the web server
previously servicing hundreds of customers is now ‘broken’ and is only
capable of a handful of secure requests. When SSL security is added to
web applications, server performance can degrade by two orders of
magnitude. The chart above comes from a competitor’s (iPivot) web
site and was created by Bill Mallen using numbers supplied by
The Business Consequence of the SSL Performance Bottleneck
A compelling study from Anderson Consulting shows that over one
quarter of the customers shopping during the 1999 holiday season walked
away from their purchase while waiting in queue to be serviced by SSL
servers. Intel commissioned a study by Giga that concluded that an
average customer will wait only eight seconds before surfing away to
another site. A third survey that’s done on a regular basis, the Keynote
Consumer 40 Index, paints a dire picture. The top 40 e-commerce sites
have an average wait of over 16 seconds and growing. Affected
businesses need some relief from the SSL performance bottleneck in
order to continue to satisfy their customers’ needs. A successful
application may have new customers waiting to connect to the server.
Customers may become frustrated and go elsewhere. Eventually a
business will hit the SSL server performance bottleneck. Users are
accustomed to security not costing anything because SSL on their
browser is ‘free’. The perception is that SSL security should come
free on the server as well. So it is difficult to accept that it will likely pay
several thousands of dollars for another processor and even more for
additional memory to be able to satisfy waiting SSL connection requests.
The SSL performance bottleneck can be solved by offloading compute-
intensive cryptographic processing to a specialized coprocessor such
as the hp/Atalla AXL600L SSL Accelerator Card.
Just as a floating point co-processor is much more efficient at it’s
specific calculation than a general purpose CPU, a cryptographic
coprocessor is designed to outperform even the fastest processor at a
fraction of the cost. Tomorrow’s web servers will use dedicated
cryptographic coprocessors. The natural evolution to specialized
hardware seen with floating point (and I/O, audio-video and graphics)
co-processors will continue by servicing network security with
cryptographic coprocessors. Today this problem is solved by adding a
math co-processor for cryptography processing. HP offers the hp/Atalla
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AXL600L SSL Accelerator Card to alleviate the SSL server performance
bottleneck problem. The chart on the right compares the 600 SSL
connections per second that the AXL600L can do versus the few SSL
connects done by the typical IA-32 server. The chart on the left
compares a server with its CPU utilization devoted to cryptographic
processing and a server with the hp/Atalla AXL600L coprocessor. Over
600 SSL connections per second is impressive, but remember that at
only a handful of SSL requests/second, the application server is
spending too much time on cryptography and not enough doing the
customer’s business. Offloading the modular exponentiation to the hp/
Atalla AXL600L Accelerator frees the application server to do real
Questions & Answers
what’s new for smartstart 5.5
Changes to Novell NetWare CSP
The following drivers have been removed from the Novell NetWare CSP
but are still available for download individually at www.compaq.com:
IBM Token-Ring Adapter driver
Compaq Netelligent Token-Ring Adapter
NetWare v4.2 SMP driver
AMD Ethernet Adapter driver
Compaq Recovery Server Option
New Support for Management
The new System Management Homepage displays critical
management information through a simple, task-oriented user
interface. It provides a consolidated view of all system health and
configuration information and simplifies access to the Web-
enabled System Management software running on your Compaq
ProLiant server. Major subsystem status and all system faults and
are now reported within the initial System Management
Homepage view. In addition, the new tab-based interface and
menu structure provide one-click access to server logs and
configuration wizards as well as other ProLiant Essentials software
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including the Remote Insight Lights-Out Edition board, Integrated
Lights-Out (iLO) processor, and Version Control Agents
OS Performance Management subagent will replace BMC Patrol
for Compaq (PFC). Compaq Windows OS Management will be
installed by default with the Compaq Management Agents. Any
instance of PFC must be removed completely before the
installation of the Performance Management (OS Information)
OS Support for management agents:
Red Hat Linux 7.3 Professional
Red Hat Linux Advanced Server
Microsoft .Net Server
Microsoft .Net Server support for Compaq Insight Manager SP1,
Version Control Agents, and Version Control Repository
Removed links to Compaq Insight Manager Windows 32 version
and Availability Agents from the Management CD
New Remote Deployment Utility Functionality
New and improved user interface
Ability to install both Compaq Support Paqs (CSPs) and individual
Ability to view revision history information for CSPs and
Improved support for component configuration using the Repository
Support for setting defaults for installation options such as
restarting the target computer
Improved ability to handle network problems associated with
components that dynamically update network drivers
Further details available at:
windows .net server customer preview program
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You can sign up now to receive free trial software for Windows .NET Server
Release Candidate 1 (RC1)—via CD or download. Read about the Customer
Preview Program (CPP), available in English only, then use the links on the right
to make your choice.
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HP, Oracle and Red Hat Combine Engineering Expertise to Further
Develop Linux Solutions for the Enterprise
Success Story Robert Bosch Corporation
Business Continuity Success Story
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