To ensure developers migrate their existing applications to support the co-developed Intel/Hewlett-Packard Itanium platform, HP has opened the doors to its Itanium Partner Technology Access Centre.
HP has invested $10 million in the Asia-Pacific region to build six of the centres, designed to provide developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) access to the Itanium hardware so they can begin porting existing applications built on 32-bit (and other) platforms to the Itanium system. Developers and ISVs will also have access to IBM technical resources and staff.
"By ensuring access to the Itanium platform now, we will give our software developers an advantage, enabling them to compete on a global scale," says David Booth, HP national systems marketing manager. "For the Australian software market that's great news."
According to Booth, HP will hold a developer's conference in July as an introduction to the technology and what the centre can offer. Booth expects between 300 and 500 developers to attend.
The centre is located at HP's North Ryde facility in Sydney. Other Asia-Pacific centres are sitauted in Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul, Bangalore and Beijing.