The Itanium 9500 has been on Intel’s roadmap since at least 2007.
The Itanium 9500 is also at the core of a Mission Critical server refresh from HP that includes new Integrity and Superdome hardware. The HP update includes a new version of the company’s HP-UX Unix operating system as well.
The Itanium 9500 series is one of the most robust processors that Intel has ever built with 3.1 billion transistors. The 9500 series delivers up to 54 MB of memory on the chip and up to 2 TB of DIMM memory.
HP will be enabling the new Itanium processors with an update to the HP-UX Unix 11i v3 operating system. In addition to the new hardware support, the HP-UX update also provides new capabilities.
Kate O’Neill, HP Product Marketing Manager, Product Marketing, Server Business Management, explained that the new capabilities include enhanced management and security features. Threat detection on HP-UX has been sped up by a factor of 10. There are also new capacity management features to help users better manage and optimize system utilization.