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HP Pushes Integrity Sans Montecito

Who needs Montecito?

HP at least says it can wait. The company is set to release new models of its mid-range and high-end Integrity servers based on a new chipset and other features it says speeds performance. The sx2000 replaces HP's current sx1000 chipset.

Montecito, the code name for the first dual-core version of Itanium, was originally slated for release last year but has been delayed until this summer.

"When we compare the sx2000 to the sx1000, we have four times the memory capacity, doubled the memory bandwidth, made a 25 percent reduction in memory access latency, and improved the I/O," Manuel Martull, worldwide marketing manager of business critical servers at HP, told internetnews.com.

"And that's all using the current-generation 'Madison' Itanium processor."

When Montecito does ship, users can upgrade from the current Itanium or add Montecito-based systems to their mix. "Today's announcement is about buying into an infrastructure that supports Montecito," said Martull.

HP is targeting a potentially huge, almost $24 billion replacement market of RISC and CISC-based server environments in use today, according to research by Gartner.

That multi-billion-dollar figure includes more than hardware. The company also announced improvements to its HP-UX 11i operating environment, with significant capacity, virtualization and management upgrades.

The enhancements are designed to offer greater server capacity as well as faster deployment of enterprise software within an HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE) running on the HP-UX 11i operating system. HP said it will bring some virtualization projects online in less than half the time it currently takes.

"Vendors that can approach customers with enhanced system capabilities that speak to today's need for sophisticated virtualization, management tools and capacity boosts are taking a step in the right direction," said Gartner analyst Andrew Butler in a statement.

In a related announcement, HP released Global Instant Capacity for HP-UX 11i which it said offers more flexibility in balancing workloads across multiple data centers.

"You can move a license from one partition to another and across servers in, for example, our Superdome environment," said Ute Albert, worldwide marketing manager of HP's virtual server environment.

"It helps maximize underutilized servers. We're the first to market this kind of capability."

HP said it's invested a billion dollars in its Integrity servers and venerable HP-UX software. Sales of Integrity have grown 94 percent year over year, according to Albert.