More Companies Choosing HP Over Sun and IBM for Increased Flexibility, Lower Total Cost of Ownership

PALO ALTO, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 1, 2010 — HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that the number of global companies replacing Sun and IBM systems with more flexible HP solutions offering a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) is rising.

HP also is providing new tools and support services to simplify and streamline the migration process for clients.

A recent research study showed clients are rating HP Integrity servers and the HP-UX 11i v3 operating system higher than comparable solutions from both IBM and Sun on several mission-critical computing criteria, including Observed Performance and Observed Availability.(1) In fact, over a three-year span, HP-UX 11i v3 running on HP Integrity BL870c delivers a 23 percent lower TCO than IBM AIX 6.1 running on IBM BladeCenter JS23.(2)

Three examples of companies that have migrated their data center infrastructures from Sun or IBM to HP Integrity servers running the HP-UX operating system are:

Kuhmo Tires, a leading South Korean tire manufacturer, needed to update its legacy IBM mainframe to support its growing business. “The existing mainframe-based system was inadequate to support the challenges faced in a rapidly changing business environment,” said Seung-gook Cho, department head, Kuhmo Tires. “We examined and benchmarked major server vendors’ products and selected the HP Integrity Superdome and HP-UX.”

Bernalillo County, the most populous county in New Mexico, sought to substitute its mainframe environment with an infrastructure that could improve the reliability of its applications, maximize efficiencies and reduce costs. “When Bernalillo County needed to provide additional services to residents, we turned to HP to provide an infrastructure that could help us cut costs and implement applications faster,” said Paul Roybal, chief information officer, Bernalillo County. “By deploying Integrity server blades with HP-UX, we decreased the number of physical servers, improved overall performance as well as reduced power and cooling requirements by 40 percent.”

VTB Bank, one of Russia’s largest banks, chose an HP-UX solution to upgrade its Sun servers running Solaris. The company migrated to HP Integrity Superdome and HP Integrity blade servers running HP-UX and was able to improve efficiency and facilitate service delivery. “HP Integrity Superdome is a highly scalable platform for mission-critical workloads – a platform that helps us maintain a common Oracle database, while consolidating the core banking systems of our branches,” said Dmitry Nazipov, chief information officer, VTB Bank.

New tools, support and incentives enable clients to hurdle migration challenges

To help ease the migration process, clients transitioning to HP can take advantage of new solutions that:

  • Accelerate and automate the migration process and further reduce the TCO of transitioning Solaris-based applications to HP-UX with HP’s newly enhanced Solaris to HP-UX Porting Kit. This porting environment serves as a resource especially designed for enterprise businesses to drastically reduce the time and effort to be up and running on HP-UX.
  • Simplify the porting of software from Solaris to HP Integrity servers while enabling developers to identify as well as resolve compatibility issues between HP-UX and Solaris. The new Solaris Software Transition Kit includes a collection of tools and documents tailored to migrating Solaris applications to HP-UX.
  • Further reduce costs with a special offer for clients who purchase HP-UX 11i v3 and support between now and July 31, 2010. With this offer, organizations can receive an HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosure and HP Integrity BL860c server blade starter kit at no additional cost.(3)

Clients benefit from proven migration experience

HP has more than 25 years of experience enabling customers to migrate mission-critical applications to environments that best suit their needs. Client benefits include:

More information about how HP-UX compares to IBM’s UNIX AIX is available at www.hp.com/go/hpuxvsaix.


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