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Differnence between HP servers...

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Differnence between HP servers...

1)What are the main differences between HP and Sun servers?

I'm aware that HP had HP-PB and Sun had Sbus but now it's PCI.

I'm not really talking about at software level (except the BootAdmin and OK promt's).

We are in the process of buying more servers?

Mel Burslan
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Re: Differnence between HP servers...

well, this is like asking compare PCs to MACs. If the one making the comparison is someone like who did the Linux-to-MSwindows comparison (Gartner ??) they can skew the results as much as they like. But most people here being seasoned HPUX veterans, I am sure they can tell you how great HP servers over their Sun counterparts.

The answer to your question depends, like in any other platform/configuraton comparison, on what you want to do with the HP and/or Sun server ? Will it be a database host ? web server ? application server ? file server ?

Sun hardware is known to be better than their HP counterparts (read as "faster") when it comes to network communications, whereas HP beats Sun when it comes to number crunching or database churning.

when it comes to technicality, both servers run on variants of unix sysVr4. the basic commands are similar yet different.

This is my 2 cents of contribution.

UNIX because I majored in cryptology...
A. Clay Stephenson
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Re: Differnence between HP servers...

Biggest difference is that Sun's use the SPARC chip and HP's use either PA-RISC or Intel Itanium --- this is really relatively unimportant because most UNIX servers are not CPU bound.

In the UNIX world, very seldom does the hardware itself directly drive the purchasing decision. It's generally driven by software availability, reliability, availability or service in your area, --- and in many cases simply preference of those in the decision loop. Another decision driver is which product line does your principal application vendor primarily develop in. For example, if your widget software developer first ports new releases and patches to HP-UX, it might be weeks before the same patch is available for Solaris. The converse is equally true.

I'm going on like this only to tell you that you are really not asking the right question yet.

If it ain't broke, I can fix that.
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Re: Differnence between HP servers...

The main difference I find is that HP is superioir to sun. I also find it more user friendly. That what I think.

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Re: Differnence between HP servers...

In terms of high availability with HP MC/Serviceguard and the redundancy built into some lines of HP hardware make it very attractive. Also it has awsome database performance :).

Sun is well known for network and web applications. Since that is one of its stong points that may be a good reason for going to Sun.

Do check what your software vendors support best too.
Steven E. Protter
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Re: Differnence between HP servers...

I think the question is pretty broad. Note that serviceguard is a paid add in product to the HP-UX OS.

I agree with most of what A. Clay says plus:

An important difference at this point is service. I have dealt with a number of software and hardware vendors and find HP's hardware and software service the best I've found. They transitioned nicely inot the Internet era and stand strong behind their customers.

I've talked to a dozen people from mixed Sun/HP shops and their experience subjectively is that HP is more reliable.

Also, a look at the organizations is important. Though I referred to the recent merger as a big whale eating another to become a much more bloated whale, what remains is a large, strong organization.

I wonder whether Sun is going to be around in its current form to support their products.

My view is baised, and my own.

Steven E Protter
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