Intel, HP Unveil Next-Gen Itanium Chips, Enhanced Integrity Servers
Intel officials have unveiled the Itanium 9500 Series, the latest generation of its high-end Itanium processors. During an event Nov. 8, the chip company touted the significant performance, RAS (reliability, availability and scalability) and energy-efficiency capabilities in the new chips, including twice the number of cores that the current Itanium 9300 Series holds. Intel officials said the new chips, with their enhanced capabilities and tighter alignment with the company's x86-based Xeon server chips, give enterprises an avenue for migrating their mission-critical workloads off legacy Unix and mainframe systems and onto newer servers running Itanium. The chip is designed to handle such heavy and complex workloads as big data and business analytics, and can help businesses as they migrate toward the cloud. Officials with Hewlett-Packard, the biggest consumer of Itanium chips, announced that the company had refreshed its line of high-end Integrity servers—including the massive Superdome 2 systems—with the new chip, as well as with other capabilities. The new Itanium, formerly code-named Poulson, comes just several months after HP successfully sued Oracle over Itanium. Oracle executives last year said the vendor would no longer support Itanium with its enterprise software, due to the belief that Intel would soon end development of Itanium in favor of the Xeon chips. Both Intel and HP disputed the statements, and after a trial, a judge ordered Oracle to continue supporting Itanium.