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HP To Offer Opteron Systems

Hewlett-Packard has joined server competitors IBM and Sun Microsystems by saying that it will offer systems based on Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s 64-bit Opteron microprocessor.

Tuesday's announcement came less than a week after the company also pledged at Intel's Developer Forum to offer servers based on Intel's upcoming Xeon microprocessors with 64-bit extensions.

Providing servers based on both AMD and Intel x86 architecture-based processors with 64-bit instructions "lets customers run multiple operating systems across a range of systems," Scott Stallard, senior VP and general manager of HP's Enterprise Storage and Servers, said during a conference call.

HP plans to offer ProLiant servers featuring the Opteron processor, including the ProLiant DL145, a two-processor server, and the DL585, a four-way system, in the second quarter. In the second half of the year, HP plans to ship a two-processor ProLiant blade server using Opteron.

HP said last week it would offer ProLiant servers and workstations based on the Xeon processor with 64-bit instructions beginning in the second quarter.

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