News

HP to Ship Opteron-based Systems

HP on Tuesday formalized an arrangement with AMD to deliver servers based on AMD's Opteron 64-bit processor. The announcement comes less than a week after Intel disclosed what it called its "worst kept" secret, that it would ship a 32-bit Xeon processor with 64-bit extensions comparable to AMD's technology.

News of HP's plans for Opteron came out in news reports late last month. HP, a co-developer with Intel of the Itanium 64-bit processor, also is committed to Intel's 32-bit extensions for Xeon.

With Intel's latest announcement, there are three 64-bit technologies for industry-standard servers, and HP will ship systems with all three. Intel Itanium is the oldest of the three and the highest-performing. Itanium chips power massive SMP systems with up to 64 processors and several vendors plan to roll out even larger systems. The AMD Opteron, and AMD's related Athlon64, use the x86 instruction set that 32-bit Intel chips use, making those 64-bit processors capable of running existing 32-bit applications and high-memory applications. Last week, Intel announced its "Nocona" processor, a new Xeon 32-bit processor that will include 64-bit extensions.

A team of Gartner analysts put out an opinion earlier this month on the rumored HP-AMD collaboration. "HP is not the first major vendor partner for AMD," the Gartner analysts wrote. "[But] Gartner believes that HP's embrace of Opteron will create waves throughout the server industry."

The Gartner team said those waves would take the form of forcing IBM to broaden its Opteron commitment, forcing Dell to take another look at Opteron and creating confusion around market opportunities for Itanium. One of Gartner's other predictions has already come to pass, whether it was influenced by the HP decision or not -- that Intel would have to unveil whether or not it would do anything with its rumored "Yamhill" technology. Yamhill has morphed into the Nocona processor, and Intel expects to make it available within a few months.

In an announcement on Tuesday, HP positioned the AMD decision as consistent with the company's theme of giving customers choices. "Today's announcement builds on our consistent efforts to provide customers with the world's broadest standards-based server portfolio," Scott Stallard, HP's senior vice president and general manager for Enterprise Storage and Servers, said in a statement.

HP plans to offer two AMD Opteron-based ProLiant servers in the first half of this year. The HP ProLiant DL145 will be a two-processor server that fits in 1U of rack space. The HP ProLiant DL585 will be a four-way system in a 4U design. In the second half of the year, the company plans to ship an Opteron-based two-processor HP ProLiant blade server.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Featured

  • RAMBleed Side-Channel Attack Method Disclosed by Researchers

    Academic researchers this week published information about another side-channel attack method, called "RAMBleed," that can expose information from memory chips, including encryption key information.

  • Penguin

    Windows 10 Preview Build 18917 Shows Off New Linux Integration

    Microsoft's latest Windows 10 "fast-ring" preview release is showcasing a coming Delivery Optimization enhancement, along with the ability to try the newly emerged Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2.

  • Customizing Microsoft Office 365

    While the overall look and feel of Office 365 is pretty standard across organizations, there are several ways to personalize it and make it fit better with your company's specific needs.

  • Microsoft 365 Business Tenants Getting Conditional Access and Trouble-Ticket Features

    Microsoft added its conditional access security service to Microsoft 365 Business subscriptions, according to a Wednesday announcement, and it also added new trouble-ticket features for Microsoft 365 administrators.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.