HP has hammered home its commitment to Itanium 2 by announcing new Integrity servers, along with additional OS support, virtualisation software, and - for the first time - a pay-per-use model for Windows.
The refreshed servers, which span all the way up to HP's SuperDome, run on average 25 per cent faster than their predecessors, according to HP. "It is not just about packing more transistors in or the clock speed; it is the maturity of the compilers and the performance it can deliver," vice-president of marketing for the business-critical server unit at HP, Don Jenkins, said.
The servers add support for OpenVMS 8.2 and Novell's Linux 9.1 and will continue to run Windows and HP-UX 11i. Also new are virtualisation features, including secure resource partitions, and the Global Workload Manager, which works across virtual and physical servers as a live datacenter utility.
"[HP] still has a ways to go in terms of transitioning [PA-RISC] users over," IDC analyst, Steve Josselyn, said. "Has it gone as well as they would have liked? I don't believe so. It has been a long, slow process, but they are heading in the right direction."
The pay-per-use option is designed for customers hosting Microsoft's SQL Server consolidation and data warehousing.
"Pay-per-use is our first step toward offering utility-computing for Windows," Jenkins said. "People increasingly tell us they want to pay for just what they consume."