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Wednesday, 23 March 2011 12:29

HP shoves Itaniums into Blades

Written by Nick Farell
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Just as Oracle kills them off
There was mixed news for the Oracle community this morning after it was announced that Oracle was killing off support for the chips. Already Microsoft and Red Hat have said that they can't be bothered supporting it, and that only leaves HP as still interested.

HP have responded by announcing that it is shoving Quad-Core Itaniums into a new nonstop Blade server. The maker of jolly expensive printer Ink said that its Integrity NonStop BladeSystem NB54000c will offer twice the performance of the current dual-core NonStop system. As you would expect the Integrity NonStop BladeSystem NB54000c is powered by a quad-core chip from Intel’s Itanium 9300 “Tukwila” lineup, which was released in February 2010.

Along with the performance improvement, the new system also offers a simple upgrade path, an important factor for customers that rely on the NonStop systems to keep their running constantly, which probably will not be that many. However HP is hoping to pick up a few of Oracle's customers.


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+4 #1 redisnidma 2011-03-23 19:44
Itanic, die in peace , or should I say, in pieces.. ;-)
 
 
+2 #2 thomasg 2011-03-23 23:10
Quoting redisnidma:
Itanic, die in peace , or should I say, in pieces.. ;-)

I agree, I didn't think they were even making them anymore. They were kind of nifty back in the day when they were the only 64 bit chips, but now everything's 64 bit and you can get a dual socket 12-core Xeon system for the price of one of these processors, and all your software will run on it. Itaniums do what they do really fast, but what they do is really limited.
 

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