Oxford University wins oldest server competition

HP said today that Oxford University Press (OUP), a department of the University of Oxford, has won its competition to find the oldest running HP-UX server in the UK.

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HP said today that Oxford University Press (OUP), a department of the University of Oxford, has won its competition to find the oldest running HP-UX server in the UK.

In April this year, HP invited its customers to dust off their HP-UX servers to find out which organisation owned the oldest HP-UX installation still in operation.

The prize on offer was an HP-intalled brand new entry-class HP Integrity server, together with a licence for HP-UX 11i and three years of support.

The competition drew entries from as far away as Australia, but HP eventually narrowed the field to three finalists, all with fully functioning HP servers from the 1990s. The winning server dates from 1993, and is still running mission critical applications for the OUP, which uses it to serve English Language teaching consultants in 50 offices around the world.

Geoff Butler, technical architect at Oxford University Press, conceded that the pace and demands of business had changed incredibly in the last ten years and that the OUP would have to install new IT equipment if it was to keep up.

“When we do upgrade, it will be to a new HP-UX environment as the best way forward. But there’s life in the old dog yet", said Butler.

The other two finalists in the competition were acetate products specialist Celanese Acetate and Apollo Fire Detectors.

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