HP rolls out 'Arches' chipset

HP rolls out 'Arches' chipset

HP rolls out a chipset it says will boost performance in existing Integrity servers and future servers based on Intel's Montecito chip.

HP is rolling out a chipset for its Integrity midrange and high-end servers that it says will boost performance by 30 per cent over its current Pinnacles chipset.

The new sx2000 chipset, code-named Arches, was originally geared to launch for Integrity servers based on Intel's forthcoming dual-core Montecito chip, but Intel has pushed back the launch of that chip until later this year.

So, HP tweaked the chipset to support its servers based on Intel's existing Madison processor as well as for future servers based on "Montecito."

The chipset is now available in the Integrity rx7640, rx8640 and Superdome servers.

HP in recent months has been ramping up its efforts to build enthusiasm around its Itanium-based servers.

HP president and chief executive officer, Mark Hurd, said earlier this month that HP would invest $US5 billion over the next five years into research and development, software, hardware and services that all center around its Itanium-based Integrity servers.

The goal of these efforts was to help businesses create automated, remotely managed data centers, Hurd said.

While Itanium-based servers have been slow coming out of the gate, some analysts expect to see an uptick in the next few years.

Market research firm, IDC, predicted that spending on Itanium-based servers would grow to about $US6.6 billion by 2009 from $US2.4 billion in 2005.

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