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HPE's Itanium server refresh should come in mid-2017

Peter Sayer | July 22, 2016
In the wake of the Oracle trial, HPE has reaffirmed its support for Itanium

HPE has Itanium servers on its roadmap until 2025, and has promised to support its flavor of Unix, HP-UX, through that date.

That would be an eternity in any other part of the IT industry, but Itanium is popular for running legacy workloads in the banking industry, where legacies can last a long time.

OpenVMS, the other significant OS running on Itanium, is itself something of a legacy. Developed by DEC as VMS for use on its Vax minicomputers in 1977, it acquired the name OpenVMS when DEC ported it to its Alpha workstation chips. After Compaq bought DEC it began porting OpenVMS to Itanium, just in time to be swallowed by Hewlett-Packard. HP later spat out OpenVMS, handing responsibility for its future development to VMS Software.

VMS Software has laid out a roadmap for future development of OpenVMS, now in version 8.4.2. The company is working on a port of the next major version, OpenVMS 9, to Intel's 64-bit x86 architecture, and expects to have that ready in 2018.

HPE, meanwhile, is looking for ways for HP-UX to coexist with x86 systems. The company is looking at how HP-UX can be provisioned by OpenStack and HPE Helion, representatives said Thursday.

Another technique it is discussing with HP-UX customers is putting their workloads in Linux containers.

The company is not ready to sell such solutions, although it will show them if you ask: "Today we do not have customer materials ready to distribute on these topics. We have been busy working on the engineering and are now ready to expose this to interested customers," Surplice said Thursday.

 

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