HP Makes Server And Analytics Announcements At Partner Event

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At its partner conference in Las Vegas, HP announced updates to Vertica, a new chip slotting mechanism, and announced an ARM server test lab

HP has made a number of server and analytics software related announcements at its Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas.

The IT giant has updated the Vertica real-time analytics platform, come up with a new chip slotting technique and revealed plans to tests its low-powered ARM servers.

Server up

HP’s real-time analytics package Vertica has been upgraded to Version 5.1. It has been given a new management console designed to improve usability and manageability, while the client framework has also been revamped. HP claims Vertica is now more closely integrated with the big data ecosystem, including Autonomy Idol 10. The update is available immediately.

“Vertica has always been focused on the user experience, and Vertica 5.1 offers the tools to make managing and monitoring a Vertica installation a snap so users can focus on monetising all of their data,” said Scott Howser, vice president of Marketing at Vertica. “The work we’ve done in streamlining our client framework allows our customers to integrate quickly and easily with their existing analytics environment.”

HP also announced it is set to open a lab where customers will be able to test its first low-powered ARM servers. The servers are part of the new Redstone Server Development programme that was revealed last November, but HP has not said when they will be commercially available.

The company, in partnership with Intel, has also come up with a new chip-slotting technique that could reduce the risk of insertion errors and ultimately prevent system failures. The Smart Socket technology uses a clamp around the motherboard to mechanically upgrade them, and eliminates the possibility of bending pins during manual upgrades.

The technique works with every socket-compatible processor, but HP did not confirm if it would be included in any of its ARM-powered servers.

Earlier this week, HP unveiled its ProLiant G8 servers, which aim to eliminate most manual operations in order to improve productivity. The servers able are able to analyse their health and resolve unplanned downtime, while they are also able to perform server updates on themselves, improving efficiency by increasing compute capacity per watt of energy by 70 percent.

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