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HPE to go ahead with an Itanium refresh cycle for 2017

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July 28, 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has told a news portal in The Netherlands that it will be going ahead with an Itanium refresh cycle sometime next year.

The last devotee of the architecture it built with Intel in the late 1990s (which among other things was behind its long lawsuit with Oracle) was based on the older Itanium Kittson chip.

The 64-bit HP-UX and OpenVMS servers are part of a strategy to support the architecture though to 2025, according to HPE server division manager Ken Surplice.

That could also leave HPE the last vendor to keep an honest-to-goodness Unix OS alive to probably 2025 or so.

OpenVMS had its latest release in March of this year. Oracle fought a nasty lawsuit rather than lay out its own on Itanium, and the market's about to get even lonelier, according to IBM's recent retirement schedule.

From October 31 2016, IBM will stop reselling a long list of Dell servers, including the latter's Itanium-based PowerEdge 3250, 7150 and 7250 models.

The three series were Dell's Itanium efforts, and did not succeed in the IT community.

Surplice recently said publicly that HPE will be running containers on x86 Linux soon.

That's reinforced by what he told Computable-- ``HP-UX running on HPE Helion will include the ability to provision on bare metal, while containerising HP-UX will let users keep alive apps they can't rewrite, running them in Linux-hosted containers.``

A preview of the container technology is due by the end of 2016, he added. Whatever happens in this segment of the IT industry, it will be interesting to see how Lenovo manages the situation.

Source: IT Direction.

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