HP, NEC Partner on Mission-Critical x86 Servers
The vendors will help propel HP’s Project Odyssey, an effort to enable x86 systems to run in the same enclosure with Itanium-based servers.Hewlett-Packard is turning to longtime hardware partner NEC to help push forward its vision of running x86-based blade servers alongside its Itanium-based Integrity systems. The two vendors, which have been working together since 1995 on high-end, mission-critical systems based on HP-UX—HP’s Unix-based operating system—are expanding their focus to include x86 systems running Microsoft’s Windows and Linux. The expanded joint engineering alliance, announced July 22, will help HP push forward Project Odyssey, an initiative announced in November 2011 that is designed to bring mission-critical capabilities to x86-based server blades powered by Intel Xeon processors to enable them to integrate with the vendor’s high-end Unix-based servers, which run on Intel’s Itanium processor platform. There are a range of efforts under the Project Odyssey umbrella, including one called “DragonHawk,” where Xeon-based x86 blades running Windows or Linux will be able to run side-by-side in the same Superdome 2 enclosure with Itanium servers running HP-UX. Through Odyssey and DragonHawk, HP officials are looking for ways to give enterprises a wider choice of solutions—not only of servers, but also operating systems and software—on which to run their mission-critical environments, according to Mark Potter, senior vice president and general manager of servers at HP.
“Performance and reliability are vital to mission-critical computing clients and the business-critical workloads they will deploy into the next decade,” Potter said in a statement. “By aligning our expertise, HP and NEC will drive enterprise server technology forward, allowing our joint clients to protect and grow their current and future investments.”