HPE Itanium Server Refresh Coming In Mid 2017
HPE Itanium server is going to get a refresh in the middle of 2017. The question is not when they plan to do so but why they are going to do a refresh? The Intel Kittson chips will be the successors of the Poulson chips in this HPE Itanium server refresh.
Ken Surplice, the category manager for mission critical solutions at HPE is the one who has given the word about this HPE Itanium Server refresh. It seems that one of the main reasons why HPE is opting for this refresh is the cost of control. As Surplice said:
Every customer is looking to manage and control their costs. Enhanced server performance means fewer cores are required, meaning fewer licenses are required.
One of the big players in the market who charge per core for software licenses is Oracle. Oracle has been locked in a legal war with HPE over its 2011 decision of breaking an agreement of porting its software to Itanium. In the latest turn of events, a court ordered Oracle to pay HPE $3 billion in damages.
Another generation of servers will provide customers the continuity that we have promised in our roadmaps, many customers continue to get great use from their HP-UX and OpenVMS applications running on Integrity servers powered by Itanium.
HP users could also put their workloads in Linux containers. But it seems that HP is not looking to go down that road for now and sticking to their HPE Itanium Server refresh as the best way forward.
Today we do not have customer materials ready to distribute on these topics. We have been busy working on the engineering and are now ready to expose this to interested customers.
HPE Itanium server refresh is due mid next year, 2o17 and this will allow the company to cut the cost of control and deliver quality service to customers.