nears final rollout
HP is expected to
contact its resellers this summer about an HP-UX server powered by
PA-8900 processors, chips which HP has announced will be the last
PA-RISC design used in HP servers. HP has stated that its goal
for enterprise server sales is to pump up its Itanium 2 family to
comprise half of all 2005 sales, but the PA-RISC lineup still
dominates sales of non-Intel-based HP systems. This years
Montecito release of Itanium 2 is expected to be the first Itanium
chip that can outrun the PA-RISC line of processors.
drives the remaining units in the HP 3000 line, including the latest
N-Class servers. The PA-8700 was the last processor HP supported
under MPE/iX. The migration from PA-RISC to Itanium architectures
still looms in the future for many customers who will stick with
HPs servers when they leave their HP 3000s.
its Support Tools Manager (STM) to work with PA-8900 systems five
months ago, with HP-UX release 11.11i. From the looks of HPs
public documentation, the rp4440 HP-UX servers could be among the
first to accept the newest PA-RISC chips. An HP manual which details
upgrading procedures for the rp4440 and rp4410 servers rolled off
HPs electronic presses last month. You can have a look through
the PDF document at <docs.hp.com/en/A9550-96003/A9950-96003_rp4410_rp4440_Upgrade.pdf>.
The rp4440 can be configured with as many as eight PA-RISC CPUs.