HP updates NonStop with quad-core Integrity blade
Oracle may be discontinuing development on the Intel Itanium platform, but Hewlett-Packard continues to forge ahead with Itanium on its HP Integrity NonStop BladeSystem family, announcing the quad-core NB54000c based on the Intel Itanium 9300 series quad-core processor, code-name “Tukwila.”
Targeting customers that need the zero-downtime inherent in fault-tolerant systems, the blade supports from two to 16 processors per node, and up to 768 GB of RAM.
Users of the existing dual-core HP NonStop BladeSystem servers can upgrade to the quad-core model with an in-cabinet blade swap for up to twice the performance in the same enclosure, the company said.
That’s what NonStop customer AOL plans to do as it swaps out older NonStop blades in the 63-node cluster supporting its authentication and mail servers. A NonStop user since the 1990s, AOL has investigated several alternatives to NonStop, said Rob Lesan, AOL principal database administrator for its authentication and mail operations, none of which have panned out.
“We done forays into different platforms, but we haven’t had a lot of success,” Lesan said. Traditional clustering, for example, “didn’t have the reliability and availability that we require,” he said.
CFD modeling for data center designers
Future Facilities introduced a “lite” version of its 6SigmaRoom computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool targeted at data center designers and consultants working with general rather than specific design assumptions.
Using a step-by-step wizard, data center professionals can perform an analysis of a static environment and create a point-in-time overview of the facility. 6SigmaRoomLite uses industry-standard defaults for library items and can import tabular data for cabinet and IT equipment objects, or from asset management applications like Emerson Network Power Aperture. Simulations generated in 6SigmaRoomLite can also be used in the full-fledged version of the product and vice-versa. The tool can be downloaded for a free 30-day trial from the Future Facilities website.
ManageEngine IT360 adds service catalog, virtual networking
ManageEngine released version 9.0 of its IT360 management suite, providing a single dashboard for monitoring the IT environment, including physical and virtual servers and networks, applications, and service desk capabilities.
The new version adds a service catalog, allowing IT managers to define available services and specify workflows for service requests. In addition, IT360 now monitors virtual environments based on Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere. It is available in two editions -- Professional, for monitoring of a single location and Enterprise, for monitoring multiple geographically distributed sites. A functional 30-day trial is available from the website.
Tripp Lite adds three-phase monitored PDUs
Tripp Lite added 18 new three-phase monitored power distribution units (PDUs) to its repertoire. They include Ethernet interfaces for remote monitoring and reporting of voltage, frequency and load per-phase. They also include a local visual current meter to look at equipment for a selected output phase. They are compatible with Tripp Lite’s PowerAlert Network Management System, and when used in conjunction with the company’s ENVIROSENSE and SRSWITCH modules, can be used to for temperature, humidity and sensor monitoring.
Siemon paves way to intelligent patch panels
Cabling provider Siemon released a line of “intelligent-ready” patch panels and fibre enclosures to its MapIT G2 intelligent infrastructure management (IIM) product. These patch panels can be upgraded to Smart Patch Panels and fiber enclosures by adding MapIT G2 electronics without disrupting horizontal cabling, the company said. With that, organizations gain real-time tracking and reporting of physical layer activity.