HP Will Put NonStop Server Portfolio Onto x86
The move, similar to what HP did with the Integrity Superdome, is aimed at giving businesses the option between Xeon and Itanium.Hewlett-Packard officials, who already have built x86-based blade systems for the company's high-end Integrity Superdome systems that traditionally have run on Intel's Itanium platform, will now port the NonStop systems to x86 as well. The move, announced Nov. 4, is part of HP's larger Project Odyssey, a two-year-old effort designed to bring mission-critical capabilities to x86-based server blades running Windows or Linux. It also fuels the belief that Intel and HP officials, who publicly have touted the strengths and road map plans for Itanium, are working toward a time when the controversial high-end server chip platform will fade away. HP over the next several years will port the entire NonStop portfolio—hardware and software—to Intel's x86 Xeon chips, which officials said will enable organizations to address the growing workloads around cloud computing, mobility, big data and other trends that demand standards-based technology and give them greater options for handling their mission-critical workloads. Running NonStop on x86 will offer businesses greater reliability and performance along with less-complex management and more efficient operations, they said. "Customers will have the choice over deploying NonStop on Itanium or deploying NonStop on x86," Kate O'Neill, director of global marketing for HP servers, told eWEEK.
HP, by far Intel's largest Itanium customer, also announced two new NonStop blade systems that run on the Itanium 9500 Series "Poulson" chips, the latest Itanium processors that Intel introduced in November 2012. The Integrity NonStop BladeSystem NB56000c and Integrity NonStop BladeSystem NB56000c-cg, both of which are available now, offer a 50 percent performance increase over their predecessors, due to the use of the Poulson chips, according to HP.