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By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2004-08-16 Print this article Print

The company will unveil the latest fruits of this work at this weeks HP World user conference in Chicago. HP Services Chief Technology Officer Tony Redmond, for instance, will discuss how HP is field-testing a security scanning technology developed by HP Labs. The technology will operate across an enterprises IT infrastructure, looking for security vulnerabilities and downloading appropriate remediation patches.

HP will also offer more details on its road map for nudging users of its Alpha servers and HP9000-series servers, which are powered by the companys PA-RISC architecture, toward Integrity systems. HP plans to release its last Alpha chip this week and the last PA-RISC chip next year.

As a result, it is pumping out tools and services designed not only to help customers migrate to its Itanium-based Integrity servers but also to entice Unix customers from other companies—in particular, IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc.

"Weve developed some tools that enable us to do a Solaris migration to Linux or HP-UX in an expedited manner. We also have tools in the mainframe-attack program because IBM is readying a forklift upgrade [with its Power5 systems]," Livermore said in an interview with eWEEK.

Read eWEEKs interview with HPs Ann Livermore. Competitors see HPs Itanium move as a chance to scoop up HP customers. Sun this week will announce it is expanding its HP Away program, which lures AlphaServer customers to Suns SPARC/ Solaris architecture. The Santa Clara, Calif., company will extend HP Away to include the Latin American and Asian regions and will target HP-UX customers, officials said.

Ron Hinsley, vice president of IT for Aquila Inc., said that after evaluating Unix-based systems from IBM and Sun, his company moved much of its back-office operation from an IBM mainframe to two PA-RISC-based systems from HP. Hinsley said that he felt comfortable with HPs support and services and that he also liked that should Aquila move toward Linux down the road, running an HP system would make for an easy transition.

"I was pretty much looking for what was successful right now," said Hinsley in Kansas City, Mo. "Ive been around long enough that I knew [that Itanium systems] would work. I really have to be concerned with whats out there now."

Meanwhile, HP continues to unveil technology and services designed to align Alpha and PA-RISC systems more closely with the Itanium.

At HP World, the company will announce that, with an enhancement due in October, its HP-UX 11i Version 2 operating system will run on both the Itanium and PA-RISC platforms. Having a common operating system will enable PA-RISC users to introduce Itanium systems into their data centers more easily.

Check out eWEEK.coms Infrastructure Center at for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.


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