Hewlett-Packard Integrity NonStop Computing

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Integrity NonStop Computing

by Sherry Kercher

Docid: 00018681

Publication Date: 2004

Report Type: PRODUCT


Hewlett-Packard (HP)’s Integrity NonStop Computing portfolio includes
BladeSystem, NonStop, and Integrity NonStop servers, plus server- and
storage-management software and high-volume storage and backup products.
This portfolio was created for large enterprises or organizations, and
includes the NonStop X NS3 X1 system that is designed for small enterprise
businesses as well as distributed computing and test/development
environments. This report describes the product family and provides
support information.

Report Contents:


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Hewlett-Packard Company

Hewlett-Packard (HP)’s Integrity NonStop Computing server portfolio is
based on the company’s 2002 acquisition of Compaq.

NonStop Computing delivers the mission-critical, converged infrastructure
to provide a flexible foundation for IT environments. These systems
provide 24×7 application availability. Other features include:

  • Better-than-mainframe performance.
  • Support for workloads requiring 100 percent application availability
    and real-time, high-volume transaction processing.
  • Scalability for real-time handling billions of transactions and
    hundreds of terabytes of data.
  • Full integration with converged infrastructure

3000 Hanover St
Palo Alto CA 94304-1185
Phone: (650) 857-1501
Fax: (650) 857-5518
Web: http://www.hp.com/
Type of Vendor: Hardware, software, and
professional services firm
Founded: 1939
Service Areas: Global
Stock Symbol: HPQ (NYSE)

HP – by leveraging a standards-based and modular architecture – delivers
mission-critical computing via the Integrity NonStop Computing portfolio.
This, in turn, eliminates the proprietary, static silos that have tended
to drive up the cost and complexity of storing mission-critical data in
the past.

Table 1 provides an overview of select products in the Integrity NonStop
Computing family.

Table 1. Basic Integrity NonStop Computing Overview
Product Type Features
Integrity NonStop BladeSystem
  • Powered by Intel Itanium processors
  • NonStop fault-tolerant availability, scalability, and data
Integrity NonStop Servers
  • Powered by Intel Itanium processors
  • Real-time, 24×7 business systems for the enterprise
  • High levels of availability and scalability
NonStop Servers
  • Based on MIPS high-speed processors
  • Powers demanding business-critical applications
  • Handles complex, transaction-intensive environments
NonStop Software
  • Standard application-development environment
  • Supports CORBA, Java, POSIX, Web, and Tuxedo APIs
  • Integrates with other servers running open standards
  • Flexible, standards-based storage options
  • Built-in, end-to-data integrity
  • High-availability SAN and SAS support for HP StorageWorks FC
    and SAS disks, and XP disk array families

Integrity NonStop Hardware

Figure 1 depicts the NonStop X system.

Figure 1. NonStop X

Figure 1. NonStop X

Source: HP

Table 2 provides a comparison of HP’s Integrity NonStop hardware

Table 2. Integrity NonStop Hardware
  Product(s) Description
Integrity NonStop X Systems
  • NonStop X NS7 X1–Includes the x86





  • NonStop X NS3 X1 system–Designed for small
    enterprise businesses, as well as distributed computing and
    test/development environments.

Features a system interconnect based on InfiniBand that
leverages the modular architecture of HP BladeSystem c7000
Platinum Enclosure. The fault-tolerant BladeSystem 4X FDR
(Fourteen Data Rate) InfiniBand double-wide switches create the
foundation for the NS7 X1.

Features Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors and supports
up to 192 GB of memory per NonStop CPU, with single system
(node) memory capacity greater than 3 TB.

The NS3 X1 with InfiniBand offers more than a 25 times increase
in system interconnect capacity for responding to business
growth. I provides upgradable core software licensing for
flexibility in handling intensive transaction volumes.

Features the Intel XeonE5-2600v2 series processors, and 2-4
NonStop CPUS configured in pairs. Offers 32GB or 64GB memory per
NonStop CPU.

Integrity NonStop i Systems
  • i NS2400–for mid-size enterprises.

  • i NS2300–for standalone application and
    emerging markets.

  • i BladeSystem NB56000c–for

  • i BladeSystem NB54000c–built
    the HP Integrity BL860c i2 Server.

Provides scalability up to 16 NonStop CPUs in a single system
(node) and scales to 4,080 NonStop CPUs on 255 NonStop nodes in
an Expand network.

Offers an in-rack hardware upgrade when migrating from previous
HP Integrity NonStop BladeSystems.

Powered by Intel Itanium processors 9500 series.

Integrity NonStop Systems for Telco
  • NS2400T–uses a commercial enclosure.

  • NS2400ST–uses a seismic enclosure.

  • NS2200T–uses a commercial enclosure.

  • NS2200ST–uses a seismic enclosure.

  • Advanced Mobility Management–HP I-HSS is
    Subscriber Data Management (SDM) function based on a User
    Data Convergence (UDC) architecture. A network agnostic
    architecture, allows for the delivery of an undisrupted
    service experience.

  • NB56000c-cg Server–NEBS Level 3 certified
    and is designed to deliver increased performance capacity,
    Cluster I/O Modules (CLIM) availability with dual RAID 1
    CLIM OS disks.

  • NB54000c-cg Server–powered by the Itanium
    technology, the NB54000c-cg provides 1.8x the performance
    capacity as the Integrity NonStop NB50000c-cg, with all the
    NonStop capabilities.

Designed to prevent service interruptions and operate core
network services with high levels of reliability, scalability,
and data integrity. Run on -48V DC power.



Provides scalable connectivity based on industry standards. The
product family includes LAN and WAN products, communications
subsystems, and next-generation I/O infrastructure for HP
Integrity NonStop platforms that run the J-series NonStop OS.

  • HP NonStop Storage I/O Adapter, Storage CLIM--part
    the HP NonStop storage subsystem for targeted NonStop
    platforms. Standard serial attached SCSI (SAS) provides the
    technology and interconnect for internal NonStop storage
    subsystems. Supports encryption of drives via the Volume
    Level Encryption (VLE) software option.

  • Volume Level Encryption (VLE) Software Option--Uses
    manageability tools such as Open System Management (OSM),
    Subsystem Control Facility (SCF), and NonStop I/O Essentials
    to configure, manage, and monitor encryption activities on a

Part of the next-generation I/O infrastructure for HP Integrity
NonStop platforms that run the HP Integrity NonStop J-Series.

Legacy Servers

BladeSystem Servers

  • HP Integrity NonStop NB50000c server

Rack servers

  • HP Integrity NonStop NS2000 server

  • HP Integrity NonStop NS1000 server

  • HP Integrity NonStop NS1200 server

  • HP Integrity NonStop NS14000 server

  • HP Integrity NonStop NS14200 server

  • HP Integrity NonStop NS16000 server

  • HP Integrity NonStop NS16200 server

Telco industry servers

  • HP Integrity NonStop NB50000c-cg server

  • HP Integrity NonStop NS3000AC server

  • HP Integrity NonStop NS5000 server

  • HP Integrity NonStop NS5000T server

  • HP Integrity NonStop NS16000-cg server

HP NonStop S-series products:

Rack servers

  • HP NonStop S88000 server

  • HP NonStop S78000 server

  • HP NonStop S7800 server

  • HP NonStop S780 server

  • HP NonStop S78 server

Designed for larger enterprises, the HP NonStop platform has
been deployed on several microprocessor architectures that are
no longer offered for sale, including prior-generation Intel
Itanium processors and MIPS processors. HP will continue to
offer hardware maintenance services for a minimum of five years
following end of sales (EOS) dates announced by HP.

  • HP NonStop BladeCluster Solution

NonStop BladeCluster clusters nodes together using NonStop’s
ServerNet III technology. This provides the ability to cluster
up to eight nodes within a data center, and up to 125 meters
between nodes.

NonStop Software

The NonStop platform offers an open application development environment,
support for leading APIs such as CORBA, Java, POSIX, Web, and Tuxedo, and
integration with other severs that run on open standards.

The HPE Virtualized NonStop (vNS) platform lets applications be deployed
in a private cloud managed by VMware or OpenStack. It allows users to
temporarily scale up a system to manage transient workload spikes without
having to configure a system to a higher configuration. Users are able to
choose from an array of deployment option for an HPE NonStop workload
depending on what is best suited for the situation at hand.

 HP’s Integrity NonStop Software is briefly described in Table 3.

Table 3. Integrity NonStop Software
Software Type Features
Application Modernization
  • Always-on, administered, out-of-the-box clustering
Application Development
  • Open standards based
  • Features for business continuity, CORBA technology,
    enterprise messaging, Java technology, transaction processing,
    Web technology, database tools and software, networking,
    operations management, operating systems, and security
Enterprise Software
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Business service management for ATM and POS
  • CORBA support
  • Enterprise messaging
  • Java and middleware
  • SOA
  • Transaction processing
  • Web technology
  • Clustered database system
  • Compliant with industry standards such as ANSI SQL, ODBC,
    and JDBC, for data access, manipulation, and catalog
  • Ports applications to Integrity NonStop platforms
System Administration
  • Networking – Scalable connectivity based on
    industry standards. Includes LAN and WAN products, OSI and SNA
    products, communications access methods, communications
    subsystems, communications controllers, and terminal emulation
  • Operations Management – Configuration,
    workload management, performance management, availability
    monitoring, capacity planning, security, SNMP and Web-based
    manageability software.
  • Operating System – System software to
    complement the open, parallel architecture of NonStop servers,
    providing highly reliable, scalable computing within an open
    systems environment.
  • Server Security – Bundles security products
    with the NonStop Operating System Mission Critical Edition,
    packaged with systems running J or H series software. Products
    include NonStop SSH, NonStop SSL, XYGATE and Merged Audit, for
    data-in-motion and auditing capabilities.


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HP’s Integrity NonStop Computing portfolio is designed for use in large
enterprise environments, including financial institutions, mobile
operators, telecommunications firms, emergency response centers, global
manufacturing companies, hospitals, stock exchanges, and other public
sector organizations that need to manage critical business processes.


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HP’s Integrity NonStop servers all run on the NonStop Kernel operating
system, which combines parallel processing with support for a variety of
application programming interfaces (APIs) and services, including Java,
CORBA, Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), Simple Object Access Protocol
(SOAP), and XML. It also provides fault isolation that can be used to
rebound from hardware and software component failures, or support
additional server clustering or network expansion without disruption to
application or data base processing. The basic NonStop Kernel OS license
package includes:

  • OSS runtime environment and file system
  • TCP/IP, Backup/Restore, ANSI, and IBM labeled tape support
  • Tape catalog
  • Event management subsystem
  • SNMP
  • FastSort
  • Enform
  • TGAL
  • TForm
  • Text editors
  • DDL
  • TACL shell
  • OSH Korn shell
  • TAL and pTAL compilers
  • HP Visual Inspect software
  • Subsystem control facility
  • Trace/ptrace
  • TSM, the system software configuration management (DSM/SCM) subsystem
  • iTP WebServer software


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NonStop servers all come with a one-year, next-business-day, on-site
support hardware warranty, as well as a 90-day software support. Both
basic packages may be upgraded at additional cost, and HP discounts the
cost of any upgrades to reflect the value of the hardware and software
warranty. Among the support options the company offers for its NonStop
line are:

  • Mission Critical Partnership – Assists customers by
    providing a dedicated senior support team and a customized service-level
    agreement for customers, which includes IT service management and
    availability consulting.
  • Critical Service – Provides onsite assistance
    integrated with support, including standard repair time commitments,
    immediate access to NonStop experts, and priority escalation processes.
  • Proactive 24 Service – Provides assistance via
    proactive and reactive support, including access to NonStop experts and
    rapid response to hardware and software issues.
  • Support Plus 24 – Provides customers with 24 x 7
    support for problem resolution. HP engineers assist customers during
    coverage hours to isolate hardware and software problems and work to
    resolve problems as quickly as possible.

In addition to the NonStop support, HP also offers education courses for
working with the offerings. The company offers training in the following
course topics for the NonStop server platform:

  • Application design and development
  • Data communications
  • Server system support
  • Migration from F-Series to S-Series
  • Systems and operations management


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The cost for HP’s Integrity NonStop Computing products are mostly
configuration dependent. HP asks that interested, potential customers
contact its sales staff by calling (866) 625-0242.


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Among the Integrity NonStop Computing family’s top competitors are IBM
BladeCenter, Dell PowerEdge, Cisco UCS blade and rack servers, Oracle’s
Sun Servers and Sun Blade Servers, Fujitsu’s Mission-Critical, Industry
Standard, and Mainframe Servers, Unisys ES series Enterprise Servers, and
NEC’s Fault-Tolerant, Scalable Enterprise, and Blade Servers.

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About the Author

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Sherry Kercher is an editor for Faulkner Information
Services. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science
and tracks and writes about storage, communication networks and equipment,
and Internet technologies.

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