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HP Upgrades Integrity NonStop, 9000 Servers

Hewlett-Packard Tuesday upgraded two of its server lines, one of which--its 9000 Unix family--is on its last incarnation.

At its ENSA@WORK conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, HP unveiled an update to its Integrity NonStop high-end Itanium-based servers, as well as introduced the last processor speedbump for its PA RISC-based servers, which will eventually mark the end of HP's proprietary chip line for Unix servers.

The new Integrity NonStop line, built on Intel's Itanium 64-bit processors, will be available in July, said Randy Meyer, director of strategy, technology and education for HP. The servers start at two processors and can scale up to 4,080 processors, and double the performance of HP's current NonStop line, he said.

Though the rate of adoption of Intel's 64-bit Itanium processors did not live up to its original hype, Meyer said HP's Itanium-based servers now represent about 25 percent to 27 percent of HP's enterprise systems business revenue. He said part of the reason for the slow uptake in adoption was that ISVs did not immediately upgrade their applications for Itanium, but that situation has now changed.

"We're seeing ISVs adopt it at a rapid rate, and the performance curve has been tremendous underneath that," Meyer said. "Every major ISV is running on Itanium90 percent of our Tier 1 ISVs have certified their applications already, and they've come over [onto Itanium] and had zero issues on the conversion."

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