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HP brings Unixes together
15:29 Friday 30th November 2001
Martin Veitch, IT Week
"The HP-UX system will form the bulk of the post-merger company's Unix
Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX is to continue to form the bulk of the firm's
Unix offering after the acquisition of Compaq is completed next year.
This will mean upheaval for firms using Compaq's Tru64 Unix as
elements of Tru64 are added to HP-UX and, as previously announced, the
AlphaServer family is slowly phased out.
HP and Compaq said at the announcement of their merger agreement that
they would combine their Unix operating systems, but declined to
detail how that would be achieved. However, in an exclusive interview,
a senior Compaq executive said that HP-UX will form the new HP's core
offering, bolstered by Tru64 clustering and other high-end features
taken from Compaq's software.
The target platform will be Intel's Itanium processor rather than the
proprietary HP PA-Risc and Compaq Alpha processors, both of which are
being phased out.
"Integrating HP-UX with Tru64 gives us a strong market share," said
Rich Marcello, vice president and general manager of Compaq's High
Performance Systems unit. "Tru64 clustering technology will be merged
on top of HP-UX. You will be running on industry-standard platforms
and every ISV (independent software vendor) will want to come to
that," he added.
Marcello said that as well as the TruClusters technology, Tru64's
support for Internet Protocol version 6.0 (IPv6) and advanced file
system capabilities will be grafted onto HP-UX.
Third-party software support is critical, argued Marcello. "The thing
we want to guarantee is a large ISV portfolio so we're (combining) the
second most popular Unix (HP-UX) and the fourth most popular Unix
(Tru64)," he commented.
The combination of Unixes will compete against IBM's AIX 5L and the
established market leader, Sun's Solaris. Although Linux is based on
Unix code, it lacks the workload management and 128-processor
scalability of Unix versions that have been developed over a far
longer period of time.
Marcello would not say whether HP or Compaq server architectures will
be selected as the flagship of the new company, citing regulatory
restrictions pending the merger's completion. However, he said that
the new company's industry-standard system architecture and Unix focus
will have a particular attraction for Oracle and its customers given
Oracle's competition with IBM and Microsoft on database and line-of
business application fronts.
"IBM (and Microsoft are not) going to do well with Oracle because they
fundamentally have aggravated it, and the same with BEA (with which
IBM competes on middleware)," Marcello said."