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Xframeii Thursday afternoon (US time) HP will be showing off its fastest enterprise networking to date. In a 2PM Eastern Webcast, Network and Storage IO Manager Parissa Mohamadi of HP will give a tour of the features of the "10 GbE" offering on both Integrity and PA-RISC servers.

Sign up for the Webcast at the Encompass site; membership is not required for this program. Supply the password "hpencompass" at the start of the registration form, then choose your own password for the Webcast. The briefing is designed for datacenter managers.

While this networking advance doesn't operate on the HP 3000, the new technology is a selling point in advancing a migration strategy. Benefits of a migration need to go beyond the "we're getting off the HP 3000" target, and new technology like this can make better use of virtualization capabilities in HP-UX.

The Encompass Webcast is sponsored by Neterion, which has its XFrame II devices at the heart of HP's 10GbE. The XFrame II relies on Ethernet, which Neterion describes "the proven industry-standard for 30 years." If that sounds like the server in your environment which HP is stepping away from, well, Ethernet has had technology refreshes over and over again.

The fastest Ethernet traffic an HP 3000 can handle today is 100 megabits. Customers asked HP for 1-gigabit networking for many years, but the vendor always said the project was too large for HP's remaining MPE/iX development resources. The new technology is 10 times faster than the enhancement request HP declined back in 2004.

The Neterion device also has drivers for Windows and Linux servers as well as HP-UX, but it's a good bet that the HP IO expert will focus on the benefits you might capture using HP's Integrity servers running HP-UX. Encompass offered a pre-briefing interview (MP3 file, 90 seconds) with Mohamadi on the networking and clustering technology. HP says the technology can save costs, power, and bus slots while providing a "future-proofed IO architecture."

Full details on how to sign on for the Webcast (20 slots were open this morning):

If you have never participated in an Encompass/HP webcast, click on 'First Time Users Click Here To Register' and follow the steps below:

    * Use hpencompass as your signup password
    * You will need to create a User ID and password for yourself (this is different from your Encompass ID and password); it is important that you remember this information as you will need it when you log into the Web site on the day of the webcast.
    * Once you have created your ID and password you will be logged into the system, click on 'course catalog.'
    * Select the appropriate Webcast and confirm your enrollment.
    * Please be sure to test your PC on the HP Virtual Room prior to the webcast. If you any have problems when you test, please call the HP Virtual Room help desk at (888) 351-4732 so that the problem can be solved prior to the webcast.
    * Please note the RegonTap registration website will NOT work with Macs or Linux machines.

If you have participated in an HP/Encompass Webcast in the past, enter your ID and Password and then select 'Course Catalog' and click on the Webcast