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HP 9000 Upgrade Path (sorry another silly question)

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HP 9000 Upgrade Path (sorry another silly question)

Hi all,


One of our clients has a very old HP 9000 T600 which is running HP-UX 11.11.  It hosts 3 test databases which are about 220GB in size and are Oracle  We have been asked to migrate these DBs to another server. 


My technical team are looking into this but I wondered if anyone knew of any white papers / articales that could be reviewed as an approach to moving to a virtual environment.


Any pointers would be great.



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Re: HP 9000 Upgrade Path (sorry another silly question)

HP-UX 10.20 is out of scope for virtualization.


Keep in mind this system is almost 20 years old now!


Probably you need to check if you can use a newer DB version. Then you can decide if you stay with a newer HP-UX system or if you change the OS.

Hope this helps!

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Re: HP 9000 Upgrade Path (sorry another silly question)

There actually may be a way to run your legacy databases via a newer server and OS version.


HP-UX 11.31 has something called HP9000 Containers (used to be HP Secure Resource Partitions).  Basically this allows you to take an OS image from HP-UX 10.20, 11.0 and 11.11 and run it in its own container on an Itanium server running HP-UX 11.31.


I have done this with 3 basic server setups (1 each of HP-UX 10.20, 11.0 and 11.11) and they seem to run OK.  I have not had the opportunity to try running anything more complicated, like an older version of Oracle, though I would like to.


Information on HP9000 Containers is available from:







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Re: HP 9000 Upgrade Path (sorry another silly question)

Thanks for the information Torsten and Patrick it is very useful.


I'm very interested in the 9000 container option as this could resolve a number of issues that we currently have.