HP unveils first of its Itanium based servers

Hewlett-Packard's new Itanium-based server series will come with an attractive consulting, software, financing and support package according to company officials.

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By  Robin Duff Published  June 7, 2001

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled its first set of products based on Intel’s new Itanium architecture: the series includes the HP Workstation i2000 with up to two processors, the HP Server rx4610 with up to four processors and the HP Server rx9610 with up to 16 processors. In addition to the new systems, HP will be offering consulting, software, financing and support services to ease customer migration issues.

“HP has already shipped 30000 units to customers worldwide,” commented Qais Gharaibeh, regional sales manager for HP9000 Unix Servers. “The new products will prove the power of the Itanium architecture: it is more scalable and possesses full binary compatibility with existing PA RISC and IA-32 specifications.”

According to Gharabieh, a significant number of telcos and banking institutions in the region have submitted orders for the new systems, although specific details have not been made available as yet. The series is likely to be available in late June with an estimated street price of $7000.

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