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After a tough year, Intel and HP push ahead on Itanium

Patrick Thibodeau | Nov. 14, 2012
It has been a rough stretch for Itanium. HP and its customers were startled after Oracle abruptly announced its intent to discontinue software development on HP's Itanium servers. But neither HP nor Intel has backed away from Itanium, and last week's announcements appear to affirm that.

Two years ago, HP announced Project Odyssey for its Integrity line by unifying its Unix and x86 architectures around blade systems. But HP says this isn't an effort to create a migration path off Itanium but to extend mission critical capabilities available on Unix-based systems to x86 platforms.

"From our perspective we see it as additive," said Kate O'Neil, product marketing manager in server business management at HP. "The requirements for mission critical never go away they just now get applied more broadly across more environments and more workloads."

The HP Integrity line supports HPUX, OpenVMS and NonStop, a fault-tolerant system is used to support 911 systems, ATMs and other high availability systems.

HP said that the performance gains from the Poulson Itanium 9500 chip or also the result of changes in system design and kernel enhancement. This chip supports eight cores, up from four. The upgrades to OpenVMS and NonStop system will roll out next year.

The first new HP Integrity systems, the Superdome 2 systems, will be available next month at a starting price of $6,490 per blade.

 

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