Linked by Terry Shannon on Mon 7th Mar 2005 07:48 UTC
Editorial With HP's high-flying CEO Carly Fiorina departing, the company's woes are well known. But how did a firm with such a storied history and vast assets get headed down the wrong path, and what do they need to do to set their course straight?
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Re: The biggest thing
by Shurik on Tue 8th Mar 2005 22:23 UTC

The biggest crew up they made is caused doubt in the future of their product lines. There is no clear path for the HP9000 line. As an SA in the industry i am having a hard time figuring out what platform to recommend for Enterprise. I sat through a webinar about how the itanium will basically be the PA9000 and extend their Unix hardware line for awhile to come. Now they abandoned itanium...how do i recommend hardware that may or may not have a clear upgrade path.

First, HP didn't abandon the Itanium. They announced that they will stop developing Itanium chips (it makes more sense to leave actual chip development to Intel) and they will stop making Itanium workstations (because only like 5 people bought them over 5 years), but they will continue to develop, make, and support Itanium servers. So you may recommend HP's Itanium servers with your enterprise OS of choice (Linux, HP-UX, or OpenVMS).

Second, there is Sun. Their financial outlook is not too bright at the moment. However, they have a truly excellent enterprise OS (Solaris 10) and very good hardware to run it on (namely, Sun's Opteron boxes). The fact that Solaris 10 is open-sourced should ensure that even in Sun does go belly-up in 5 years, their OS will still be supported.

Third, IBM. Don't know much about their stuff, but people say it's good.

Fourth, Linux. In that case, the hardware doesn't matter. Could be Dell, could be HP, could be Lenovo, could be your favorite whitebox vendor, could be custom-assembled. Hardware upgrade path is also guaranteed. Linux runs on anything popular. What does matter is the quality of the software -- but both Redhat and Novell are making a convincing argument that their distros are enterprise-ready. If you think Solaris 10 won't make it in the marketplace, then Linux is a good second choice.

As for Windows 2003 as an enterprise server -- LOLZ.