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Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Brief History of OpenVMS

TCU Scenarios Analyzed

Two Sides to the TCU Equation

Quantifying Upfront Costs

Quantifying Ongoing Savings

AlphaServer ES80 Upgrade

AlphaServer ES47 Upgrade

AlphaServer GS1280 Upgrade

AlphaServer DS25

Integrity rx3600

Extra Incentives
for Oracle Users


Total Cost of Upgrading HP OpenVMS Environments to HP Integrity i2 Server Blades

Detailed quantitative analyses of costs and benefits associated with upgrading out-of-warranty HP AlphaServer and HP Integrity servers running OpenVMS to OpenVMS V8.4 on new Integrity i2 server blades. (September 2010)

For many years companies in a wide variety of industries have chosen to run their business-critical applications in an OpenVMS® environment. Many studies have proven that OpenVMS running on AlphaServer® or Integrity® servers offers superior reliability and Total Cost of Ownership. HP® recently introduced three new server blades based on the Intel® Itanium® processor 9300 series. The HP Integrity BL860c i2, BL870c i2, and BL890c i2 offer up to twice the application performance of older Integrity blades with the same number of sockets. In addition, HP just released OpenVMS V8.4. This latest version of the operating system includes new features as well as support for the new Integrity i2 blades. This paper does not discuss the technical details or specific benefits of these new blades and OpenVMS V8.4. Rather, this paper provides a detailed Total Cost of UpgradeTM, or TCUTM, analysis for upgrading OpenVMS AlphaServer and older OpenVMS Integrity systems to OpenVMS V8.4 running on Integrity i2 blades. It quantifies the costs and benefits from the upgrade and provides detailed cash flow analyses for three upgrade and two consolidation scenarios. The analysis shows that there are very compelling reasons for companies to consider these upgrades and consolidations. In all five scenarios the payback period is one year or less.

Three sources of information were used for this paper. First, results from previous TechWise Research studies that surveyed companies for the operational characteristics of AlphaServer and Integrity OpenVMS environments. Second, the analyses include system and service pricing data from IDEAS International. Finally, HP provided performance data as well as out-of-warranty support costs. The analyses identified multiple ongoing savings that can offset the initial cost of the new blades. Potential savings include reduced costs for HP service contracts, system management, downtime, energy, and Oracle support costs.

It is very interesting to note that all of the scenarios resulted in a significant reduction in energy usage. On a percentage basis the reductions ranged from 51% to 87%. Three of the scenarios would save over 10,000 kWhr a year. In addition, all of the scenarios leave significant room for expansion. The new blade enclosures can accommodate one or more additional blades in future years to expand capacity.

Each company has unique criteria to consider when deciding whether or not to upgrade their OpenVMS environments. The age-old adage of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" often does not apply. HP has taken steps to make the upgrade decision easier and attractive. Any company that plans on using OpenVMS for the foreseeable future should evaluate HP's new Integrity blades. The upgrade has the potential to pay for itself in one year or less, lower annual support and operating costs significantly, improve system performance, and offer the ability to easily expand capacity in the future.

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