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ZDNet UK: Big Unix systems to multiply

Sep 02, 2000, 20:13 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nick Edmunds)

"Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina will next week unveil the firm's mainframe-class Unix server, codenamed Superdome. HP's support for multiple, partitioned operating systems will find favour with firms wanting to consolidate multiple servers and applications into a single high-availability unit."

"HP's Superdome will provide another alternative to Sun's UltraSparc II-based systems, especially the top-end E10000. Sun's Serengeti UltraSparc III systems will be released on 27 September. Sources said the first Superdome systems will have 32 processors, and a 64-way machine will follow later this year. Clusters of up to 256 processors are expected in future."

"Partitioning will allow single or multiple operating system images, giving a high level of operational flexibility. Superdome will run HP's Unix operating system, HP-UX, and will run IA-64 operating systems such as 64bit Windows and the 64bit port of Linux when Intel's 64bit Itanium chips start shipping. Superdome is expected to replace HP's current top-end V-Class systems."

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