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HP To Detail New Integrity Advancements

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday plans to disclose advancements for its high-end Integrity line of servers, including new operating system choices and virtualization capabilities.

The announcements come about a month after the company said it would discontinue internal design development on the 64-bit Itanium processor, the processing engine for the Integrity server, and transfer several hundred employees to Intel.

As part of that decision, HP says it will invest $3 billion during the next three years in improving system-level design, software, and services to support the Integrity line. The effort is part of HP's move to transition its traditional PA-RISC and Alpha processor customers to Itanium-based platforms over the next few years.

"It's been a long-standing plan to wind down our processor chip development, as we wind down our RISC offerings, and fully embrace the Itanium processors," says Brian Cox, worldwide product line manager for HP servers. "We are basically reengineering our cost structure so that we're investing in other areas than microprocessor design."

Integrity offerings--including servers, storage, software, and services--have surpassed $1 billion in revenue, according to HP. About 25% of HP's Business Critical Server unit revenue is derived from Integrity-based systems, and HP believes that will grow to 50% by the end of 2005 and to 70% by the end of 2006, according to the company.

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