Hewlett-Packard announced four high-end package offerings this week as it laid down the next section of its high availability roadmap.
In partnership with Cisco Systems, EMC and Oracle, HP detailed a number of bundles that come with a 99.95 per cent uptime guarantee or, the company claims, it will foot the bill. That said, a representative admitted that the company is not expecting to have to pay any money and the deal does not include systems running Microsoft Windows NT.
The bundles are the next phase of HP's trademarked banner of "5nines: 5minutes" - a roadmap HP says will result in 99.999 availability and five minutes annual downtime by 2001.
The guarantee will cover fixed configurations bundles of servers by themselves or with a contribution from one of the partners. The Cisco bundle comes with one or two high-end Cisco switches to link the servers to each other and the wide area network.
The EMC bundle includes HP servers and two disk arrays, while the Oracle package extends the guarantee to the database uptime as well as the hardware.
"There will be a 15 per cent saving on average off the bottom line cost because the products are bundled. They will also be pre-tested and pre-configured at our factory and then installed at the customer site," said Rakesh Kumar, high availability systems manager at HP.
A further package is expected at the end of the year with an unnamed ERP vendor. HP is currently working closely with SAP on integrating HP's MC Serviceguard software to work with SAP R/3.
No guarantee has been made available in connection with HP's other close partner, Microsoft. Kumar admitted that Microsoft applications including Windows NT were not at the stage where such a high-end guarantee could be made.
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