Matthew Aslett at Computer Business reports Itanium supporters launch solutions alliance
A group of hardware and software vendors will today announce the formation of the Itanium Solutions Alliance in an attempt to increase ISV and end user support for Intel Corp’s 64-bit processor architecture.
Intel has been joined by Itanium co-developer Hewlett-Packard Co in forming the Itanium Solutions Alliance, along with server vendors Groupe Bull SA, Hitachi Ltd, Silicon Graphics Inc, Unisys Corp, NEC Corp, Fujitsu Ltd, and its Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV joint venture.
Software vendors are also involved in the attempt to drive up interest in the Itanium processor, with Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Red Hat, Novell, BEA Systems, and SAS Institute also joining the alliance as founder members.
Despite disappointing take-up for Itanium, which was once heralded as the enterprise server processor that would displace RISC-based architectures from enterprise data centers, ISA members insist that it represents a significant opportunity for systems vendors, ISVs, and users alike, and that their role is to accelerate its adoption.
We knew this was coming. The question is whether it will make any difference.