Hewlett Packard (HP) has unveiled the latest version of its HP-UX operating system which boasts more than two dozen new features, including performance and scalability improvements.
The company claims that HP-UX 11i is the only operating system to support applications developed for HP-UX, Linux and Windows, and is the first to feature host-based intrusion detection software to protect against external attacks.
Although HP-UX has impressed some industry analysts, HP has so far failed to market it as well as rival Unix systems. Tony Iams, an analyst at DH Brown, said: "HP doesn't make noise but that doesn't mean it's not a capable product. HP is very serious about the Unix market and stays competitive."
Iams explained that Unix vendors, including HP, took their eyes off the Unix ball in the mid-1990s, enabling Sun Microsystems to run away with the business. "But to think Windows or Linux can handle the high-end applications is a mistake," he said. "HP has stepped up to the plate, and stayed with IBM, Sun and Compaq in the top tier."
Iams pointed out that HP has incorporated a number of key offerings into the latest release. "With any number of directions to pursue, HP's strategy has been to go after security requirements more than most Unix vendors," he said.
The operating system supports up to 256 processors, 64 application partitions and 128 node-clustered environments based on HP 9000's Hyperplex technology. Other features include single system availability, hot swappable input/output disks, dynamic processor and memory resilience, plus tuning for up to 70 per cent faster reboot time.
More than 16,000 applications, including databases, internet, enterprise resource planning, data warehousing and telecoms applications, from a host of independent software vendors have already been ported to HP-UX 11i. HP has also secured strategic partnerships with Oracle, Informix, SAP, Baan and PeopleSoft.
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