In the world of hyper-competition the boundaries of software and hardware solutions are quickly dissolving. Rather than buying just software or a server, customers are looking for well-integrated, tested and proven solutions to gain competitive advantage. Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Red Hat understand this IT landscape very well and for many years have worked closely together to fine tune their respective hardware and software to achieve the best customer results.
“Working together” is not an occasional call when either side needs something; instead, it means weekly engineering touch points with information sharing and pain point identification. The result of this collaboration is often hard to capture or quantify, since everything “just works” at the end for our mutual customers. To use a less technical example: think about where and who changed the oil in your car last. It probably was not memorable, because everything worked just fine. Now, imagine if your car started to run significantly better and smoother after that oil change - you would be sure to remember that place, right?
It’s that kind of effect that HPE and Red Hat seek to deliver with our joint work. One of the best proof points is the world record performance results that the two companies have celebrated together. These world records don’t come without effort, however; months of hard work are required to fine tune a solution to a specific benchmark, necessitating tight collaboration and discipline from our joint engineering teams.
Announcements like the new Xeon processors by Intel almost always generate a wave of record-breaking benchmark results and exemplify the above principle. In the course of last three months, Red Hat and HPE have achieved industry leadership across two families of Intel Xeon chips in the following areas:
- Virtualization - on SPECvirt_2013 benchmark
- Big Data - by posting the first ever set of results on brand new TPCx-BB benchmark
- Database batch processing - by demonstrating breakthrough performance on 3TB TPC-H benchmark
- Enterprise Java – with multiple high scores on SPECjbb_2015 benchmark
Competitive advantage is fleeting in the world we live in today, but based on collaborative work in tuning, optimizing and resolving issues, we've achieved outstanding results on multi-socket HPE Integrity and Proliant systems with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Together, Red Hat and HPE have embraced the competitive climate and we look forward to breaking many more performance records.
If you are attending the HPE Discover conference this year on June 7-9, 2016 at the Venetian and Palazzo hotel complex in Las Vegas, please be sure to visit Red Hat in Booth 101 and see first hand our joint work with HPE by talking to our product and performance experts, watching demos and discussing your most pressing IT challenges with us.
We also encourage you to attend the following sessions :
- Why software-defined storage is critical to your IT strategy (Session ID: BB10347) on Tuesday, June 07, 2016 at 04:30 p.m. in San Polo Room #340
- Containerize or virtualize; mapping traditional workloads to the cloud (Session ID: BB10376) on Wednesday, June 08, 2016 at 02:30 p.m.in Delfino Room #4105
While the first session focuses on the role of software-defined storage in the datacenter, the second session covers the trade-offs in using Linux container and virtualization technologies and references a recently published HPE white paper on that topic (another collaborative project between Red Hat’s and HPE’s performance teams).
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About the author
Yan Fisher is a Global evangelist at Red Hat where he extends his expertise in enterprise computing to emerging areas that Red Hat is exploring.
Fisher has a deep background in systems design and architecture. He has spent the past 20 years of his career working in the computer and telecommunication industries where he tackled as diverse areas as sales and operations to systems performance and benchmarking.