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  1. 1. Technical information for the Pre-sales community in EMEA Pre-sales Support 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 preview program • 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 th Guide ..….…. • Announcing Network View v2.0B !..…. • Multivendor Guide I & II (updated)...… • EVA Configurator (updated).. ……….… • Hp SanWorks Storage Resource Cameron House Loch Lomond Further details to follow soon. To ensure that you receive this newsletter regularly, we would like to ask you to register at the following web site: Technical Inquiry Service: Feedback: EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 1
  2. 2. 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 29/07/02) 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 following URL: 4.0G: T64V40GB17-C0013200-13881-E-20020402.tar 5.1: T64V51B19-C0124000-14239-E-20020507.tar 2. For Tru64 UNIX 5.1A install the latest Release Patch Kit: 5.1A: T64V51AB02AS0002-20020513.tar EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 2
  3. 3. openvms white papers (57 papers) On the web site of IT 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, Anytime 4. Digital Visual Messaging: an Evolutionary Medium for Out-of-Home Communications 5. Fibre Channel in a Disaster-Tolerant OpenVMS Cluster System 6. Pennington / XTRAN 7. Server Consolidation Solutions for Compaq - OpenVMS on AlphaServer Systems 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 Gains 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 Performance Guidelines 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 Interface 23. Are Proprietary RISC Servers More Expensive than Their UNIX Alternatives? 24. Benchmark Performance Report for KSCL Jupiter Software on Compaq AlphaServer GS140s 25. Cluster Computing: A Review of Cluster Characteristics across Several EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 3
  4. 4. Leading Vendors 26. Comprehensive Access to Data and Images Across the World 27. Configuring CI-Connected OpenVMS Clusters for Availability and Performance 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 Clusters? 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 Running OpenVMS 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 Systems Design 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 scenarios. (updated) eva configurator EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 4
  5. 5. Please note that the EVA configurator has been updated to version 3.04. 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  Supported servers. 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 rt_II.pdf 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, EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 5
  6. 6.  Supported servers. This document only describes SAN configurations involving fabric switches (Brocade or McData) and Enterprise Virtual Array with VCS 2.0. 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 – Table 5.. Table 1. Part Number Description EOL Date Replacement Descripiton DS-DSGGB-AA 1Gb, 8 Port 7/31/02 DS-DSGGD-AC 2Gb, 8 Port, EL 158222-B21 258707-B21 DS-DSGGB-AB 1Gb, 16 Port 7/31/02 DS-DSGGD-BA 2Gb, 16 Port 158223-B21 287055-B21 DS-DSGGD-AD 2Gb, 16 Port, EL 283056-B21 DS-DSGGC-AB 1Gb, 16 Port, EL 7/31/02 DS-DSGGD-AD 2Gb, 16 Port, EL 212776-B21 283056-B21 2Gb, 64 Port, Core DS-DSGGS-AA 1Gb, 32 Port 8/31/02 DS-DSGGE-AB Switch 230617-B21 254508-B21 2Gb, 64 Port, Core DS-DSGGS-AB 1Gb, 64 Port 8/31/02 DS-DSGGE-AB Switch 230616-B21 254508-B21 StorageWorks SAN Switch Transitions (pre-merger Compaq) Table.2 1Gbps SAN Switch 2Gbps SAN Switch EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 6
  7. 7. (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 32 config.) (230617-B21) SAN Switch Integrated / (254508-B21) Core Switch 2/64 (32 ports base 64 config.) Core Switch Options (286352-B21) Core Switch Blade 16 Port (Expansion) (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 Switches (262868-B21) Extended Fabric for 2Gb/s Switches (262870-B21) Adv. Performance Monitor for 2Gb/sSwitches (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) Table 3. 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) Table 4. EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 7
  8. 8. 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. Table 5. Fibre Channel Cables (SC-SC connector cables to support connectivity between 1Gbps and 1Gbps devices) (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 2Gbps devices) (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 2Gbps devices) (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 EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 8
  9. 9. EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 9
  10. 10. scalable reference SAN with NAS configuration – solution guide Abstract 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 operating systems. 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 channel infrastructure. · 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 downloaded from . 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. EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 10
  11. 11. hp sanworks storage resource manager and storageworks nas solutions Storage Resource Manager V4.0B supports StorageWorks NAS devices. A White Paper has been written regarding the features and benefits of using SRM with HP StorageWorks NAS. Abstract 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. (183 KB) m-nas-whitepaper.pdf. Storage Resource Manager V4.0B is available via Web download from 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. EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 11
  12. 12. You can get Insight Manager 7 SP1.1 in one of two ways: 1. Softpack SP19850 can be downloaded from the HP website at 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 servers. 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 EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 12
  13. 13. manage your Netserver and industry standard HP server installed base, please visit cim and hp netservers Operational Management Interoperability Guide (1.37 MB) HTTP://WWW.COMPAQ.COM/EMEA/PRESALESSUPPORT/DOWNLOADS/OPSFINAL.PDF Introduction 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 7. fault management of storageworks in proliant server environments Abstract: 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 EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 13
  14. 14. fault monitoring capabilities, the configuration steps required to setup this environment are described in detail. mgmt.pdf Reminder: your customer can download Insight Manager 7 for free from the following location: description.html 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 systems. 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. Concerto from Xoology Software is a Java, JavaScript, and XML application 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 Linux environment 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 Internet-enabled functionality 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. EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 14
  15. 15. 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 · 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 EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 15
  16. 16. enterprise applications consistent with the target markets for Itanium 2. 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 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 business. 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 EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 16
  17. 17. 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 benchmarks ECperf Benchmark for a Hewlett-Packard ProLiant DL360 cluster using Oracle9iAS, Red Hat 2.1 Advanced Server and Oracle9i Database Release 2 HP Proliant has the best overall price/performance benchmark on Oracle 9i AS with Red Hat Advanced Server at $5 per Bbops. DETAILS: Lintel-FDR-6172002-240.pdf 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. DETAILS: ECperf-FDR-4node.pdf EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 17
  18. 18. 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 Linux. 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 businesses. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is ubiquitous throughout the Internet SSL is the de facto industry standard cryptographic 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 world. 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 EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 18
  19. 19. 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 NetworkShop. 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 EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 19
  20. 20. 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 business work. QuickSpec: 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  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 EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 20
  21. 21. 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 components  Ability to view revision history information for CSPs and components  Improved support for component configuration using the Repository View pane  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: QuickSpec: ML windows .net server customer preview program EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 21
  22. 22. Introduction 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. EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 22
  23. 23. other news  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 documents published by emea pre-sales support Alpha • How to install AlphaServer in Compaq’s 9000 Series Cabinets • What to consider when Upgrading GS Series Alpha Server • Software Base System Requirements current systems archive systems Storage • Multi Vendor Guide 1 – Involving HSGxx controllers • Multi Vendor Guide 2 - Involving HSV110 controller • Configuration Guide Compaq Modular SAN Array (MSA1000) IMPORTANT: You, as the e-publication recipient, understand that the information contained in this e- publication is subject to changes at HP’s discretion. Recipient acknowledges and agrees that the information is provided on an "as is" basis. No warranties of any kind are given, whether expressed or implied. Nothing in this e-publication shall be construed as an obligation to disclose any particular information, to incorporate any disclosed information into products, to warrant the accuracy, correctness or completeness of information disclosed. In no event will HP be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages, whether based on contract or tort or any other legal theory. This limitation of liability does not apply in case of HP’s willful misconduct or in case of mandatory liability under applicable law. EMEA Pre-sales Support Newsletter August 2002 Page 23