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Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Brief History of HP-UX
and HP 9000

Data Collection Strategy

Users Compare HP Integrity
Servers to HP 9000 Servers

TCU Scenarios Analyzed

The Two Sides of
the TCU Equation

Up-Front Costs Associated
with an Upgrade

Ongoing Savings Resulting
from an Upgrade

Cash Flow Analysis
Configuration #1

Cash Flow Analysis
Configuration #2

Cash Flow Analysis
Configuration #3

Cash Flow Analysis
Configuration #4

Oracle Users May Have a
More Compelling Reason
to Upgrade


Quantifying the Total Cost of Upgrading HP-UX Environments from HP 9000 servers to HP Integrity servers

A Detailed Analysis of the Potential Benefits of Upgrading HP-UX environments from HP 9000 servers to HP Integrity servers. (July 2007)

HP has been shipping HP 9000® servers with PA-RISC® microprocessors since about 1990. Since that time, nearly 100 different models of servers have been introduced ranging from single-CPU entry-level machines to enterprise-class Superdome® models that support 128 cores. Today, thousands of companies worldwide rely on HP 9000 servers and the HP-UX® operating system as key components of their IT infrastructure. Several years ago HP made a strategic decision to consolidate its high performance server product line by replacing servers based on PA-RISC and Alpha® chips with servers based on Intel’s® Itanium® processor. HP's current plans are to continue selling HP 9000 systems until at least December 2008. Furthermore, HP has made a commitment to support these systems for at least five years after the last ship date if running HP-UX 11i V1 or V2. Support for V3 will continue for at least a further year. This extended support, combined with the reliability of HP 9000 servers, means customers can continue to rely on their HP 9000 servers through the year 2013 and beyond. Customers using HP 9000 servers, therefore, do not have to switch their systems out of necessity. However, one of HP’s main reasons for moving to its Integrity® servers was to have the ability to offer higher performance servers at much lower prices (due to standardizing on the Itanium chip). This paper provides a detailed Total Cost of UpgradeTM, or TCUTM, analysis for upgrading HP-UX environments from HP 9000 systems to HP Integrity systems. It is based on data collected from actual customers who have made this upgrade, as well as current system and service pricing. This paper quantifies the costs and benefits from the upgrade and provides detailed cash flow analyses for four different upgrade scenarios. The analysis shows that in all four scenarios, the upgrade from HP 9000 to HP Integrity pays for itself in less than 3 years. In three out of the four scenarios studied, the payback period is less than 2 years.

TechWise® Research surveyed a total of 232 IT managers in the U.S. and in Europe who work with HP-UX environments running on HP 9000 and HP Integrity servers. These respondents manage a total of 6,123 HP 9000 servers and 1,384 HP Integrity servers. The surveys were designed to understand how the Integrity servers are performing compared to the HP 9000 servers on a variety of attributes. TechWise also utilized system pricing data from IDEAS International, and obtained performance data from HP for the analyses. The analyses discovered several benefits to the upgrade including reduced HP support costs, improved performance, opportunities for consolidation, use of the latest technology, and the potential reduction in Oracle support costs.

Integrity servers often offer twice the performance of older HP 9000 systems. This advantage translates into several benefits for customers. First, an Integrity server can often offer comparable performance with half the number of processors of the original HP 9000. This lowers the "out-of-pocket" costs to upgrade. Second, the Integrity servers will be better able to handle future growth in computational needs. Third, companies can use Integrity's superior performance to consolidate multiple HP 9000 servers into fewer Integrity servers. TechWise Research explores this consolidation opportunity in a separate white paper entitled The Benefits of Using HP Integrity Servers to Consolidate HP 9000 Servers. Finally, thanks to Oracle's treatment of the dual-core Montecito chips in Integrity, companies may be able to cut their Oracle support costs in half by upgrading from HP 9000 to Integrity.

Each company that uses HP 9000 servers has a unique situation and decision criteria when it comes to upgrading from HP 9000 to Integrity. This paper shows that the age-old adage of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" may not apply in many cases. HP has taken steps to make the upgrade decision easier including technical and financial assistance. Details may be found on HP's website at: The results from 232 customer surveys show that the majority of companies view Integrity servers to be as good, or better, than HP 9000 servers. This study also shows that HP-UX on Integrity is just as easy to manage and reliable as HP-UX on HP 9000. Any company that plans on using HP-UX for the foreseeable future would be wise to look into upgrading to Integrity. The upgrade has the potential to pay for itself quickly, lower annual support and operating costs significantly, and improve system performance dramatically. Furthermore, the ongoing savings from the upgrade may be used to purchase additional hardware or invest in the development of new software applications.

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