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By: Clay Ryder, President, Sageza Group, Inc.
Published: 23rd August 2007
Copyright Sageza Group, Inc. © 2007
HP made several announcements this month at LinuxWorld 2007. The company announced the release of the HP-developed Parallel Compositing Library visualization software into the open source community. HP stated its Parallel Compositing Library addresses the demand for Linux and open source in high-performance computing for organizations with complex computational needs but also require solid performance with balanced cost considerations. Customer references included The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Partners HealthCare who are using these technologies to help accelerate drug discovery as well as MD Anderson who has invested in creating the largest dedicated oncology research system in the United States that investigates new techniques in bioinformatics, epidemiology, and radiation treatment modeling.
HP also announced the addition of Xen and guest operating system support for Debian to the HP Partner Virtualization Program that enables ISVs to build and verify applications in a secure, virtualized environment. Through the program, partners will have access to HP's entire server portfolio using HP Integrity, ProLiant and BladeSystem platforms running a broad range of operating systems and virtual machines. In addition, HP also announced the expansion of its Pay-Per-Use flexible pricing structure for Linux running on HP Integrity servers, whereby computing capacity is readily available to customers, who are then billed for only what they use. The addition of Linux completes the PPU offering across all operating systems on the HP Integrity platform, including HP-UX, Windows, and OpenVMS.
It's not surprising to hear the major vendors touting their Linux wares now; after all, LinuxWorld has just taken place. For many this might be a time to simply wear the Linux badge as loudly as possible, and while HP (and everyone else) is doing this, there is some new and interesting meat in these announcements. We have long argued that certain technologies must be priceless in order to succeed. This implies that they must be ubiquitous and accessible at very low or zero price points. Visualization libraries are an example of what until very recently have remained a high value-added technology, and their value remains considerable. However, as with other key technologies, their value is approaching a priceless level in many cases. Considering the number of applications that could now deploy advanced visualization to render information, at some point the ability easily do so in a consistent fashion becomes paramount. We believe this announcement is HP's implicit recognition that these technologies are ripe to become a given in any HPC environment.
The addition of XEN and Debian to the Partner Virtualization Program is also important in that it reflects the traction these technologies are finding in the marketplace, even if they may seem out of the mainstream to some. Given the value organizations are deriving from virtualization in general, it is not unexpected that alternative platforms would be in the demand especially for specific workloads. Organizations with such workloads will likely appreciate the broadened engagement from HP with corresponding ISVs, and we expect just as with all matters related to platforms, support from ISVs is a critical factor in the long-term success of any platform. Overall, we find these announcements to be another example of the continued support for Linux emanating from HP, and look forward to see these and other Linux and Open Source related initiatives continue to help drive the value proposition of the Linux platform overall.
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