ServerWatch: Vast marketing budgets from the likes of Dell, Microsoft, and IBM ensure the behemoths take much of the server limelight, leaving high-performance computing (HPC) niche players, such as NEC and Bull, to receive scant coverage. Even a company like HP, which spends as much on marketing and public relations as a small country’s GDP, hardly seems to give its AlphaServer line more than a mention. Yet, these platforms have a lot to offer and shouldn’t be automatically bypassed. Read part one…
Hardware Today: HPC Server Snapshot
Submitted by Ken Farmer 2005-01-14 Hardware 2 Comments
All the article seemed to be was a marketing piece for the Itanic. The article was of the same caliber of articles that came out during the early ’90 regarding MS Office (how you could not live without it) and MS Windows 95 (greatest thing since sliced bread) from such rags as PC Magazine and PC World. I wonder how much HP pays these guys for advertising.
It’s interesting how HP claims the Itanium2 will make the OpenVMS platform cheaper and more interesting, not too long after the announcement that the Itanium2 doesn’t really have a future in low- or midrange systems. There has been Alpha workstations and small alphaservers, but comparable Itanium2-based systems just don’t seem likely. Without anything but the biggest systems running on Itanium2s, isn’t that just a little bit optimistic?
(Personally, I would love for them to run with the Alpha and never look back, but after they transfered their CPU development team to Intel, things just don’t look good.)