Compaq on Monday announced it will begin shipping this quarter its first server powered by Intel's new 64-bit Itanium processor.
The Compaq ProLiant DL590/64 represents the first of what Compaq officials promise to be a long line of Intel-based 64-bit servers. Last month Compaq announced it would consolidate all of its servers onto the Intel platform going forward.
The ProLiant DL590/64 hosts four Intel Itanium chips, the Intel 82460GX chip set, and 64GB of SDRAM in a rackable form factor just under 13 inches high, according to Compaq officials. No pricing was given.
With the Itanium chip and its associated applications still in the early stages of enterprise deployment, Compaq is billing the ProLiant DL590/64 as a development platform for emerging operating systems and applications such as Microsoft 64-bit Windows Advanced Server and 64-bit Linux applications.
The server will also assist Compaq's Unix customers in porting Compaq's recently retired Tru64 Unix, OpenVMS, and NonStop Kernels over to the Itanium platform, officials said.
Compaq customers running any of the above Unix OSes have until 2004 to port their applications to Itanium, if they choose. After that, Compaq will end support of its 64-bit Alpha processor, which runs Compaq's Unix OSes.