HP Revs Unix OS for Itanium Chip

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-05-19 Print this article Print

HP announces upcoming availability of the second version of its HP-UX 11i Unix OS for the Intel Itanium processor family.

Hewlett-Packard Co. on Monday announced the upcoming availability of the second version of its HP-UX 11i Unix operating system for the Intel Itanium processor family. While the product is expected to be released for the Itanium processor family by the end of July, it will also be rolled out for other hardware platforms as these become available, Mike Wardley, the, worldwide marketing manager for HP-UX in Palo Alto, told eWEEK. HP is not going to release 11i v2 for the PA-RISC architecture as many of the features and functions have already been added on top of version 1 for that architecture, he said.
HP-UX 11i version 3, expected to be available toward the end of 2004, will support both the Itanium and PA-RISC architectures, Wardley said.
HP-UX 11i v2 will provide 64-way Itanium processor performance scalability and include networking and storage solutions for Itanium-based systems, including dynamic expansion of storage components and extended support for Gigabit Ethernet and Gigabit Fibre, he said. The release also extends the virtualization offered on Itanium-based systems through the use of the HP-UX Partition Manager software and the integration of Serviceguard and Workload Manger software. "HP-UX 11i v2 for Itanium processor-based systems also offers near functional equality and binary compatibility to HP-UX 11i v1 for PA-RISC," Wardley said In addition, the release offers continued integration with database applications, including enhanced Oracle9i RAC environments and on-line JFS 3.5 enhancements. HP-UX 11i v2 also features two new security installation tools designed to enhance and simplify the securing of HP-UX servers: HP-UX Bastille v2.0 and the Install-Time Security tool. HP on Monday also announced that more than 15 additional ISVs have agreed to port their applications to its Itanium 2-based server platform running 11i v2. These include Active State, Baan and Critical Path Software, Inc. Latest HP News:
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

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