Hewlett Packard has come up with a new project named 'Project Odyssey', wherein it plans to infuse the capability of x86 systems into Itanium-based integrity servers in order to help its customers deal with mission-critical workloads in a better way. The prospective customers will surely be benefitted as they will have the option of running Windows and Linux workloads along with those of HP-UX and OpenVMS.
As part of its plan, HP will manufacture Intel Xeon-based blades for its Superdome 2 system enclosure. In order to bolster the mission-critical ability of Windows and Linux, HP will try to add some of its Integrity platform features to the C-Class BladeSystem. This will be done to dissuade those who plan to switch their workloads to Windows and Linux so that their expenditures come down. The company, however, made it clear that the manufacturing of its Itanium processor would not cease.
"Customers have embraced our mission-critical infrastructure with systems like Superdome 2, and the scalable [Itanium] blades running HP-UX, and we'll continue to develop those platforms along with technologies like Nonstop and OpenVMS," said Lorraine Bartlett, vice president, marketing and strategy, Business Critical Systems, HP.
"But while there's continued demand for mission-critical capability on Unix platforms, there's a continued message from customers about needing to get more efficient with IT budgets, and continued pressure to do more with less," she said.
HP plans to provide its customers with more options as it understands their propensity of moving their mission-critical workloads elsewhere. 'Project Odyssey' will be of great help here as it will enable all the customers to transfer their applications to platforms that are in sync with the environment they are already working in.