Intel Intros New Itanium Processor; HP Unveils New Integrity Servers
Intel officials touted the myriad improvements in the Itanium 9500 chips, and stressed road map plans that extend through most of the decade.Intel officials are unveiling the Itanium 9500 Series chips, the latest iteration of the company’s controversial high-end server processor family, and stressing that this is only the latest step in a road map that will stretch through most of the decade. At an event Nov. 8 in San Francisco, Rory McInerney, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Server Development Group, told analysts and journalists that the new Itanium 9500—formerly code-named Poulson—offers OEMs and end users significant improvements in performance, scalability and energy efficiency, and is another step toward Intel’s efforts to more tightly align the Itanium chips with its x86-based Xeon server processors. The new Itaniums also offer businesses an avenue to consolidate their mission-critical workloads from legacy RISC and mainframe systems onto more modern technology, and to continue their migration toward more cloud-based environments. The new capabilities in the Itanium 9500 series, coupled with the Common Platform strategy with the Xeon architecture, give businesses options for their high-end applications. The 9500 Series also is designed to handle such complex and heavy workloads as big data and business analytics. With the Common Platform strategy, Itanium can take on more of the volume economics of Xeon, which in turn is gaining greater RAS (reliability, availability and security) capabilities now found in Itanium. All that gives organizations a complete portfolio of options for their mission-critical workloads, McInerney said.
“Customers can choose whichever one works in their environments,” he said during the event, which was Webcast.