HP Intros New Intel Itanium-based Servers Even As Intel Works To Combine Itanium, Xeon Platforms6:22 PM EST Mon. Nov. 12, 2012
Hewlett-Packard revamped its mission-critical enterprise portfolio with the introduction of new Integrity rack mount and blade servers and Superdome blade servers based on Intel's new "Poulson" Itanium Processor 9500 chip.
Intel, meanwhile, said that its Itanium 9500 processors going forward will include what it termed a "Modular Development Module" starting with its next version, code-named "Kittson," that will allow a single motherboard to be configured with either an Xeon or Itanium processor.
The new HP Itanium-based servers include a two-socket, 2U Integrity RX2800 i4 rack mount server; three new Integrity blade servers; and the new CB900s i4 HP Superdome 2 server blade, said Lorraine Bartlett, vice president of worldwide marketing and strategy for business critical servers at HP.
"With the new servers, customers can get up to a 33-percent TCO [total-cost-of-ownership] savings from reduced power and cooling and increased uptime over previous models," Bartlett said. "We've also increased the performance with the new processors, new memory bandwidth and changes in HP-UX."
Kirk Bresniker, vice president and chief technologist for business critical systems at HP and an HP Fellow, said the new blade servers fit side by side with existing ProLiant and Integrity blades in HP's existing C7000 and Superdome enclosures.
The new Intel Itanium 9500 processor-based servers all take advantage of HP-UX 11iv3, an enhanced version of HP's Unix operating system that was released in September, Bresniker said.
HP-UX 11iv3 includes faster-performance security; new analysis tools to identify idle, under-utilized, and over-utilized, servers; and double the number of cores per server that can be used to support an HP-UX workload to 256 cores.
Bartlett said HP Integrity and Superdome servers based on the previous Intel Itanium 9300 "Tukwila" processors will be available for at least 12 to 24 months after the release of the Intel Itanium 9500 processors, depending on the model.
Looking forward, Bartlett said that HP is staying focused on developing its next generation of Integrity and Superdome servers based on the upcoming Kittson processor despite issues related to its lawsuits with Oracle.
Doubts about the future of the HP Itanium server platform have run strong in the wake of a series of lawsuits between HP and Oracle over Oracle's decision to stop developing its software for those servers.
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HP and Oracle's lawsuits culminated in the August decision by a California superior court judge who ruled that Oracle is obligated to continue developing its software for the HP Itanium-based servers as long as HP continues to manufacture the servers.
Oracle in September said it will comply with the Court's order to continue developing its software for those servers.
"Oracle is continuing software development," HP's Bartlett said. "That's good news for us."
Intel and HP both seem determined to work towards bringing their Xeon x86 and Itanium platforms closer together.
HP late last year unveiled Project Odyssey, a mission-critical server strategy calling for the integration of x86 server blades into its Integrity Superdome 2 Itanium-based servers and the porting of HP-UX Unix features to Windows and Linux.
Intel, in introducing its new Itanium 9500 processors, said it is continuing to follow its common platform strategy that lets its Itanium and Xeon processors use common chipsets, interconnects and memory.
This strategy, introduced in 2010, brings the reliability, availability and serviceability features of the Itanium processors with the volume production of the Xeon processors into a common platform, the company said.
As a first step, Intel plans to offer a "Modular Development Model" with the introduction of its Kittson processors that will enable the sharing of silicon-level design elements and socket compatibility between the two processor families, thereby enabling the development of a single motherboard platform that will work with both, the company said.
HP is by far the biggest user of Intel Itanium processors.
PUBLISHED NOV. 12, 2012