HP's Project Odyssey to Wed Itanium with Xeon Processors

HP to Unify Itanium/Unix and x86/Windows/Linux Architectures

by Anton Shilov
11/23/2011 | 10:58 AM

HP has announced “Odyssey”, a project that promises to redefine the future of mission-critical computing with a development roadmap that will unify Unix and x86 server architectures to bring industry-leading availability, increased performance and uncompromising client choice to a single platform.

 

“Clients have been asking us to expand the mission-critical experience that is delivered today with HP-UX on Integrity to an x86-based infrastructure. HP plans to transform the server landscape for mission-critical computing by using the flexibility of HP BladeSystem and bringing key HP technology innovations from Integrity and HP-UX to the x86 ecosystem. Unlike the competition, HP offers an open, integrated, single platform approach,” said Martin Fink, senior vice president and general manager of business critical systems at HP.

HP’s new development roadmap includes ongoing innovations to HP Integrity servers, HP NonStop systems and the HP-UX and OpenVMS operating systems. The roadmap also includes delivering blades with Intel Xeon processors for the HP Superdome 2 enclosure (code-named “DragonHawk”) and the scalable c-Class blade enclosures (code-named “HydraLynx”), while fortifying Windows and Linux environments with innovations from HP-UX within the next two years.

With the availability of “DragonHawk”, clients will be able to run mission-critical workloads on HP-UX on Intel Itanium-based blades while simultaneously running workloads on Microsoft Windows or Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Intel Xeon-based blades in the same Superdome 2 enclosure.

For more than 25 years, HP has powered the most demanding workloads by building a robust and proven franchise of technology and service innovations for mission-critical computing. By expanding mission-critical HP converged infrastructure and bringing select proven innovations to x86 systems, HP will enable clients running Linux or Windows to:

“Customers trust Microsoft and HP with their enterprise computing needs. By furthering our partnership, Microsoft and HP will bring together the world’s leading server and software solutions to let customers harness the flexibility and scalability of Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server on HP Converged Infrastructure for their broad mission-critical computing needs of tomorrow,” said Eduardo Rosini, corporate vice president, SQL server marketing at Microsoft.