The HP NetServer LXr 8500, an 8-way capable server, makes available
unprecedented levels of computing performance and scalability. The server
supports either a Microsoft
Windows™ NT, Novell
UNIXware or Linux environment. A rich set of available applications and
middleware, coupled with the relatively low cost of server hardware and
management features, creates a new computing price/performance point.
It provides a cost-effective computing platform for the corporate data center.
The data center is a demanding technology environment, requiring computing
equipment that is extraordinarily reliable, scalable and manageable. In a data
center, various applications are run on server equipment and each application
puts different demands (server resource utilization) on the equipment,
depending upon whether it is processor (CPU), memory, network or
input/output (I/O) intensive. It is important that the server equipment be able
to support these loads in an optimized and balanced manner.
The HP NetServer LXr 8500 is an ideal solution for both centralized and
distributed computing challenges that customers confront today. The
HP NetServer family of servers can play a leading role in client/server
application environments such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), on-line
transaction processing (OLTP) with database management systems (DBMS),
data warehousing and data marts and thin client services.
The additional capability provided by the HP NetServer LXr 8500 includes the
latest in computing technology: Intel
III Xeon™ processors, the
Intel Profusion chipset, 64-bit 66 MHz PCI I/O and support for very large
physical memory up to 32 GB. The server is optimized for data centers and
designed to meet their performance, scalability, storage density and high
This white paper provides an overview of several application areas where the
HP NetServer LXr 8500 can provide a highly capable and cost effective
solution. The paper examines the nature of the application requirements
(resource utilization) for server resources. Opportunities for server
consolidation are also examined. The paper concludes with a discussion of
the features of the HP NetServer LXr 8500 that support and meet these