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Industry Analyst, Consultant and author, former programmer, systems analyst with 25 years experience. Spent three years in Europe as an industry analyst and as Correspondent for Information Week and other industry publications. Regularly consults with leading public and private enterprise software, database, and infrastructure companies. An award-winning columnist for leading IT and business magazines, Josh is widely quoted in the trade and business press and he blogs at Enterprise Matters.

One response to “A Look at HP’s Discover Conference: The Future Gets Closer”

  1. Ralph Ziggy

    Josh, the Itanium chip has been a failure in the marketplace. Instead of the projected (by HP and Intel) tens of billions of projected server sales over the last ten years, less than ten billion dollars (some say about 6 billion) have been sold. Why should Oracle support a platform with such minute market share? Already Microsoft and Redhat have abandoned Itanium for that reason. Itanium has been miscast, it has a 1990s vector supercomputer architecture but is promoted as a general purpose business computer. It was designed assuming a certain kind of predictive compiler would come into existence (which no one yet knows how to build). It was to be able to run x86 instructions to run commodity software, but that part of the design turned out to have less performance than a Pentium II at 150MHz. It requires obscene amount of power and cooling. The major softwares that run on Itanium are available in versions that can run on multi-core x86-64 machines with better performance and much less power required. There are still many software vendors in the insurance, finance and healthcare industries who are still reeling and dealing with bugs introduced by HP leaving the PA-RISC and pushing the incompatible Itanium in its place. In short, the Itanium has little if any reason to exist. Time for HP and Intel to stop being negligent about shareholder value and let the ship Itanic sink.