HP Unix

HP-UX (Hewlett-Packard UniX) is Hewlett-Packard‘s proprietary implementation of the Unix operating system, based on UNIX System V (initially System III) and first released in 1984. Recent versions support the HP 9000 series of computer systems, based on the PA-RISC processor architecture, and HP Integrity systems, based on Intel‘s Itanium architecture.

Earlier versions of HP-UX supported the HP Integral PC and HP 9000 Series 200, 300, and 400 computer systems based on the Motorola 68000 series of processors, as well as the HP 9000 Series 500 computers based on HP’s proprietary FOCUS processor architecture.

HP-UX was the first Unix to offer access control lists for file access permissions as an alternative to the standard Unix permissions system. HP-UX was also among the first Unix systems to include a built-in logical volume manager. HP has had a long partnership with Veritas Software, and integrates VxFS as the primary file system.

It is one of five commercial operating systems that have versions certified to The Open Group‘s UNIX 03 standard. (The others are OS X, Solaris, Inspur K-UX and AIX.)[1]

The current shipping release is 11i v3 with the March 2015 update release (the 14th update for HP-UX 11i v3).[2]

Since about 2000, the focus of HP-UX has increasingly been on enhanced reliability, security, workload management,[3] and partitioning. The reliability is provided through single-system quality and self-healing, and in multi-system installations, clustering technology and application failover on a system outage, as well as error monitoring and correction. HP-UX 11i offers a common root disk for its clustered file system. HP Serviceguard is the cluster solution for HP-UX. HP Global Workload Management adjusts workloads to optimize performance, and integrates with Instant Capacity on Demand so installed resources can be paid for in 30-minute increments as needed for peak workload demands.

System partitioning (virtualization) ranges from hardware partitions to isolated OS virtual partitions on cell-based servers, and HP Virtual Machines (VMs) on all Integrity servers. HP VMs support guests running on HP-UX 11i v3 hosts – guests can run Linux, Windows, OpenVMS 8.4 or HP-UX. HP supports online VM guest migration, where encryption can secure the guest contents during migration.

HP-UX 11i v3 scales as follows (on a SuperDome 2 with 32 Intel Itanium 9560 processors):

With the acquisition of Compaq in 2001, HP obtained another Unix-based system, Tru64 Unix for AlphaServer hardware platform. HP continues to sell Tru64 UNIX, together with TruCluster software, but discontinued AlphaServer manufacturing in 2007.

Security is integrated in HP-UX, with full "trusted mode" shipping with v3.[4] Features significantly increased with 11i v2, with the addition of kernel-based intrusion detection, strong random number generation, stack buffer overflow protection, security partitioning, role-based access management, and various open-source security tools.

Security protection on HP-UX can be divided into three categories: Data, System and Identity:[5]

Supported hardware platforms

Since the introduction of the PA-RISC architecture, HP-UX operating systems supported a variety of systems based on it. But with the introduction of HP-UX Release 11.0 it added support to Integrity based servers for the transition from PA-RISC to Itanium based machines. HP-UX 11i v1.5 (B.11.20) is the first version of the operating system that supported Intel Itanium based processor architecture. On the introduction of HP-UX 11i v2 (B.11.23) the operating system supported both of these architectures simultaneously triggering the smooth transition.[6]

BL series

HP-UX 11i version has support on HP Integrity Servers of HP BL server blade family (BL60p, BL860c, BL870c, BL860c i2, BL870c i2, BL890c i2). All these servers are based on Intel Itanium processors. Except for BL60p, all current BL blades need to be installed in HP C-class blade chassis (C7000 or C3000)

Latest BL series the BL8x0 i4 products are based on Itanium 9500 series with up to 8 CPU cores per socket. BL860c i4 has 2 CPU sockets up to 16 cores, BL870c i4 has 4 CPU sockets up to 32 cores, BL890c i4 has 8 CPU sockets up to 64 cores. All three BL8xo i4 models are based on the same 2-sockets blade module. It is possible to upgrade BL860c i4 or BL870c i4 to higher BL model by combining more 2-socket blades with Blade Link interconnect module.

CX series

HP has supported its CX series servers (cx2600 and cx2620) with HP-UX operating system 11i v2 (B.11.23) and 11i v3 (B.11.31). CX stands for carrier grade server series, and is used mainly for telco industry with -48V DC support and is NEBS certified. Both of these systems were based on Itanium Mad6M processors. But these servers are no longer available for purchase.

RX series

RX series have the long history of support for the HP-UX operating system as most of the servers in RX family have the full support for the HP-UX.[7]

HP Integrity BL870c i2 Server Blade

The HP Integrity BL870c i2 server blade is a 4-socket full-height blade featuring the latest Intel® Itanium® processor 9300 series supported by up to 7680GB memory (48 DIMM slots) and features 8 Flex-10 (10 Gigabit) Ethernet ports standard. The BL870c i2 also features HP’s unique Blade Link technology which combines multiple blades to create 2, 4 and 8 socket systems, providing greater scalability and flexibility.

The HP Integrity BL870c i2 server blade coexists with ProLiant server blades and StorageWorks storage blades within the BladeSystem c-Class enclosure.

Features

Scale Up, Scale Out, Scale Within

Up to four (4) Intel Itanium processor 9300 series providing 16-cores of compute power

48 DIMM slots providing up to 768 GB of DDR3 memory with double chip spare enables a large memory footprint for demanding applications

Upgrade kits utilizing Blade Link technology enables linear scalability from 2 to 4 to 8-socket server blades. You can easily upgrade from BL860c i2 to BL870c i2; or from BL870c i2 to BL890c i2 to meet your changing business demands

Up to four (4) disks, with a choice of hot plug small form factor (SFF) SAS hard disk drives, or solid state disks (SSD)

Eight (8) embedded Flex-10 NICs with the option of adding up to 6 mezzanine cards to provide support for FCoE, SAS RAID, Fibre Channel, etc.

Always-on Resiliency

Intel Itanium processor 9300 series provides up to 2x better reliability than the industry volume processors with features such as Intel Cache Safe Technology and error hardened latches

Double-chip spare offers 17x higher memory reliability than single-chip spare

Industry-leading integrated infrastructure management

HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 technology offers up to 32 FlexNIC ports of Ethernet connectivity before adding additional server adapters

HP-UX Virtual Partitions (vPars) provide up to 15 vPars per BL870c i2 server blade, dynamically adjust and share resources, and require very little overhead. HP Integrity VM provide the benefits of increased resource utilization and flexibility (Shared processor and I/O devices) and rapid deployment

Integrity Integrated Lights-Out 3 (iLO 3) is HP’s next generation of remote management, providing built-in core management functions to simplify setup, health monitoring, and remote administration. Every Integrity BL870c i2 blade ships with an Integrity iLO 3 Advanced Pack license preinstalled

Optimize power utilization with Insight Control Power Manager (ICPM), to reclaim trapped power and cooling capacity with Advanced Power Capping, and to conserve power without performance impact using OS Power Regulator

Infrastructure Orchestration provisions and modifies complex infrastructures in minutes

http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/products/integrity-servers/product-detail.html?oid=4186432#!tab=features

HP Integrity BL860c i2 Server Blade

The HP Integrity BL860c i2 server blade is a two-socket full-height blade featuring the latest Intel® Itanium® processor 9300 series supported by up to 384 GB memory (24 DIMM slots) and features 4 Flex-10 (10 Gigabit) Ethernet ports standard. The BL860c i2 also features HP’s unique Blade Link technology which combines multiple blades to create 2, 4 and 8 socket systems, providing greater scalability and flexibility.

The HP Integrity BL860c i2 server blade coexists with ProLiant server blades and StorageWorks storage blades within the BladeSystem c-Class enclosure.

Features

Scale Up, Scale Out, Scale Within

Up to two (2) Intel Itanium processor 9300 series providing 8-cores of compute power

24 DIMM slots providing up to 384 GB of DDR3 memory with double chip spare enables a large memory footprint for demanding applications

Upgrade kits utilizing Blade Link technology enables linear scalability from 2 to 4 to 8-socket server blades. You can easily upgrade from BL860c i2 to BL870c i2; or from BL870c i2 to BL890c i2 to meet your changing business demands

Up to two (2) disks, with a choice of hot plug small form factor (SFF) SAS hard disk drives, or solid state disks (SSD)

Four (4) embedded Flex-10 NICs with the option of adding up to 3 mezzanine cards to provide support for FCoE, SAS RAID, Fibre Channel, etc.

Always-on Resiliency

Intel Itanium processor 9300 series provides up to 2x better reliability than the industry volume processors with features such as Intel Cache Safe Technology and error hardened latches

Double-chip spare offers 17x higher memory reliability than single-chip spare

Industry-leading integrated infrastructure management

HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 technology offers up to 16 FlexNIC ports of Ethernet connectivity before adding additional server adapters

HP-UX Virtual Partitions (vPars) provide up to 7 vPars per BL860c i2 server blade, dynamically adjust and share resources, and require very little overhead. HP Integrity VM provide the benefits of increased resource utilization and flexibility (Shared processor and I/O devices) and rapid deployment

Integrity Integrated Lights-Out 3 (iLO 3) is HP’s next generation of remote management, providing built-in core management functions to simplify setup, health monitoring, and remote administration. Every Integrity BL860c i2 blade ships with an Integrity iLO 3 Advanced Pack license preinstalled.

Optimize power utilization with Insight Control Power Manager (ICPM), to reclaim trapped power and cooling capacity with Advanced Power Capping, and to conserve power without performance impact using OS Power Regulator

Infrastructure Orchestration provisions and modifies complex infrastructures in minutes

http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/products/integrity-servers/product-detail.html?oid=4186428#!tab=features

IBM Storwize Storage

Innovative, virtualised storage for software-defined environments

Proven benefits include:

  • Next-generation architecture delivers up to two times better performance1
  • High-performance thin provisioning simplifies and automates storage deployment for all workloads
  • IBM Real-time Compression stores up to five times as much data with no application performance impact
  • IBM Easy Tier optimises tiered storage, offering up to three times better performance with only five percent flash storage
  • Advanced graphical user interface (GUI) reduces management effort up to 47 percent
  • External storage virtualisation enhances storage you already own6
  • Remote mirroring protects data while optimising network bandwidth, to help reduce costs.

Storage systems in the Storwize family

IBM Storwize V7000 Unified and V7000

Highly scalable virtualised, enterprise-class, flash-optimised storage systems designed to consolidate workloads into a single system for ease of management, reduced costs, superb performance and high availability.

IBM Storwize V5000

Highly flexible, easy to use, virtualised storage system enables midsized organisations to overcome their storage challenges with advanced functionality.

IBM Storwize V3700

Easy-to-use, efficient and affordable entry-level virtualised storage system designed to address growing data requirements and infrastructure consolidation needs with sophisticated capabilities unusual for a system of this class; also facilitates compliance with telecommunications industry standards. IBM SAN Volume Controller Leading-edge storage virtualisation enhances existing storage to improve resource utilisation and productivity to achieve a simpler, more scalable and cost efficient IT infrastructure.

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/uk/storage/storwize/

Dimension Data

Dimension Data is a South African company specializing in information technology services, with operations on every inhabited continent.

Dimension Data’s focus areas include network integration, security solutions, data centre solutions, converged communications, customer interactive solutions, Microsoft solutions and a range of professional, consulting, managed and support services.

In 2010, the company was fully acquired by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone.

History

The company was founded by Werner Sievers in 1983 in South Africa as an information technology specialist.[2] It listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in 1987.[2]

In 1998 it acquired Plessey South Africa.[2] During the next two years it bought a series of companies in the UK, North America, Europe and Australia.[2] It listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2000.[2] In 2001 Dimension Data acquired ComTech Communications, an Australian company run by David Shein. In 2008 it acquired Data Processing Systems, an IT business based in the United Arab Emirates, and completed the acquisition of Datacraft Asia, which rebranded to Dimension Data in 2011.[3]

In July 2010, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone announced an agreed takeover of Dimension Data in a £2.12 billion ($3.24 billion) deal.[4] The offer was declared unconditional on 11 October 2010, with over 93% of shareholders having agreed to tender their holdings.[5]

On June 30, 2011 OpSource Inc. was acquired by Dimension Data Holdings, naming Steve Nola the CEO of Dimension Data Cloud Solutions, who at the time was CEO of Dimension Data Australia.

In October 2012, As of October 1, 2012, Dimension Data launched its Cloud Services brand by renaming OpSource and BlueFire as Dimension Data.[6]

In February 2014 the company acquired NextiraOne, a European-based services and solutions provider, in order to expand their European footprint.[7]

In April 2014 the company acquired Valencia, CA-based Nexus, Cisco’s 2014 Global Americas partner of the year, reportedly expanding its presence in the US market by 40%.[8]

In November 2014 the company acquired Oakton, an Australian consulting company.

Subsidiaries

AccessKenya, AlwaysOn, ContinuitySA, Dimension Data Learning Solutions, earthwave, Euricom, Internet Solutions, JQ Network, Merchants, Nexus IS, Oakton, Plessey, Security Assessment, SQL Services, Training Partners and Viiew are subsidiaries of Dimension Data Holdings.[9]

Former subsidiaries BlueFire and OpSource were integrated into Dimension Data’s cloud group in 2012. The group develops and sells public and private cloud solutions to enterprise clients.

Former subsidiary Xigo was integrated into Dimension Data’s Communications Lifecycle Management group.[10]

In February 2014, former subsidiary NextiraOne was rebranded as Dimension Data.[11]

Service offerings

Dimension Data is a full service cloud provider with all the capabilities to satisfy organizations with the ambition to leverage IT as a Service (ITaaS). Dimension Data cloud models include off premises shared resources on a public cloud; on or off premises, opex private cloud; and together these cloud models provide hybrid cloud with the added benefit of a cloud management platform called Dimension Data CloudControl. Unique to Dimension Data is an off premises, right sized private cloud with segregated compute, storage and optional private network. Whether clients are looking for secure, scalable and operationally efficient infrastructure or fit for purpose cloud to enable productivity and collaboration tools or enterprise applications from ISVs or developed in house, Dimension Data is the cloud of choice.

Unlike many other cloud providers, Dimension Data offers complete cloud surround to accommodate the complexity of diverse enterprise application estates. Every organization has applications that have been developed for the cloud, or applications that are fit to the cloud through refactoring, redesign or re-platforming and the applications that will never move to the cloud. Dimension Data data centers accommodate all application types with managed hosting, outsourcing, co-location and cloud. These data centers are located on six continents where technical experts in many disciplines are waiting to provide globally consistent service for multi-national organizations.

Recognition

In 2012, Dimension Data was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the Gartner Communications Outsourcing and Professional Services Magic Quadrant (COPS) Worldwide report as well as in the Gartner Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Magic Quadrant report.[2]

In March 2013, Dimension Data was named as a Leader in the Green Quadrant® Sustainable Technology Services report by Verdantix. Dimension Data was named along with seven other companies as having a dedicated sustainability practice, a wide range of capabilities and a strong track record in corporate sustainability.

In March 2015, Dimension Data was recognised as one of only five Global Top Employers in the world for outstanding employee offerings, based on an annual independent research carried out by the Top Employers Institute.

Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services Routers

Services-Rich Router for Medium-Sized Branch

Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR) are designed to meet the application demands of today’s medium-sized branches and to evolve to cloud-based services. They deliver virtualized applications and highly secure collaboration through the widest array of WAN connectivity at high performance that offers concurrent services at up to 75 Mbps.

Features and Capabilities

All Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR) have modular design that allows for reuse of a broad array of existing modules that meet business requirements while maximizing investment protection, They offer:

  • Agile Application Services, including the ability to host Cisco or multiple third-party applications on UCS-E Series server modules for mission-critical applications at the branch office, along with application delivery assurance services to support granular application visibility and control (AVC) that can prioritize and optimize all types of data, voice, and video applications
  • WAN Connectivity through the industry’s widest choices including T1/E1, T3/E3, 4G/LTE, xDSL, copper, and fiber Gigabit Ethernet
  • WAN Optimization with support for router-integrated, on-demand WAN optimization and application acceleration through service modules
  • Highly Integrated Security with a comprehensive suite of VPNtechnologywith IPSec and SSL VPNs enhanced by onboard encryption acceleration and threat defense support through firewall and intrusion prevention system (IPS) options and further includes support for next-generation encryption and cloud-based security.
  • Unified Communications that support call processing and voicemail services and offer a high-quality analog and digital voice and video experience through on-board integrated digital signal processors (DSPs) and analog voice cards that support highly resilient call management that can overcome WAN service interruptions
  • Medianet services that deliver a more visual, social, and personal experience through video networking solutions for branch users and allow for control of media services through AVC.
  • High Performance with powerful and energy-efficient multicore processors, a multigigabit fabric, and high-performance services modules that can run multiple concurrent services offered in a scalable manner at high throughputs.

Specifications at a Glance

The Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services Routers include:

  • 2 RU and 1 RU units with up to 3 GE ports and up to 1 SFP port
  • UCS-E service module that can support Cisco and third-party apps, VMware ESXi, and MS hypervisor
  • Up to 2 service modules, 1 integrated service module (ISM) to host application services
  • Up to 50 LAN switch ports, 4 Enhanced High-Speed WAN Interface Card (EHWIC) slots
  • Security
    • Embedded hardware-accelerated VPN encryption, and Cisco Cloud Web Security
    • Integrated threat control using Cisco IOS Firewall and Cisco IOS IPS
  • Unified Communications
    • 2 or 3 on-board digital signal processor (DSP) slots optimized for voice and video
    • Cisco Unified Border Element capabilities for up to 2100 sessions
    • Support for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unified Survivable Remote Site Telephony, and Cisco Unified Enhanced Survivable Remote Site Telephony (E-SRST)

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Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controllers

Industry’s Most Deployed Controller

Cost-effectively manage and secure your wireless networks with the Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller. Automated wireless configuration and management functions give you more visibility and control. The 5500 Series is designed for high-performance wireless networking.

Features and Capabilities

  • High-quality mobile experience: Efficient roaming capabilities help ensure a consistent user experience on any smart-mobile device with voice and video applications.
  • Reliability: The controller provides industry-leading IPv6 roaming with secure access.
  • Software license flexibility: You can add additional access points as business requirements change.
  • Versatility: Supports advanced services for campus and branch networks.
    • OfficeExtend facilitates secure mobile teleworking.
    • Enterprise Wireless Mesh solutions allow access points to dynamically establish wireless connections in hard-to-connect locations.

As a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, the controller provides real-time communication between Cisco Aironet access points, the Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS), and the Cisco Mobility Services Engine. It delivers centralized security policies, wireless intrusion prevention system (IPS) capabilities, RF management, and quality of service (QoS).

To help ensure an exceptional end-user experience on the wireless network, the Cisco 5500 Series provides a variety of capabilities:

  • Integrated CleanAir technology protects 802.11n performance by enabling a self-healing, self-optimizing wireless network.
  • Cisco ClientLink technology optimizes mixed-client network capacity by helping ensure that 802.11a/g and 802.11n clients operate at the best possible rates.
  • The Cisco Identity Services Engine provides a single, centralized point of management across wired and wireless networks. Enterprises can adapt to the exponential growth in mobile smartphones, tablets, and laptops by providing secure and relevant access for employees, guests, and contractors.