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HP launches Itanium Superdome 2 servers for its own operating systems

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Fri Nov 09 2012, 16:58
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MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP has launched Superdome 2 servers sporting Intel's Itanium 9500 series chips.

HP has shown staunch support for Intel's Itanium processor architecture in recent years, taking Oracle to court and forcing it to continue developing software for the IA64 architecture. Now HP has updated its range of Integrity servers, including its headline Superdome servers to use Itanium 2 processors.

With Microsoft and Red Hat having announced that they will cease support for Intel's Itanium chip it was left to HP to promote its own HP-UX, OpenVMS and Nonstop operating systems on its latest servers. When Mark Payne, VP of HP's Business Critical Systems in EMEA, was asked which was HP's most important software vendor, he mentioned SAP rather than bitter rival Oracle, even though relational databases is one of HP's core use cases for its Itanium servers.

HP also confirmed that it is working on making X86 mission-critical, where customers will be able to run Microsoft's Windows and Linux operating systems, however Payne wouldn't say when that will be done. Nevertheless the firm sees continued business for its operating systems and Payne told The INQUIRER that customers that wanted to move off operating systems such as HP-UX would have done so by now.

While HP was busy talking up its Superdome 2 kit, the firm also updated its HP-UX operating system bringing support for 256 cores per server. The firm also claimed that HP-UX 11iv3 can detect security threats 10 times faster than previous generations, with Payne telling The INQUIRER that the company takes a conservative approach to versioning on HP-UX due to software certification requirements.

HP said that its Superdome 2 servers will be available in December with pricing starting at $6,490 per blade. µ


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