NEC, HP Ally on IA-64 Servers

Building on previous agreements, NEC Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. announced Wednesday they would collaborate in the market for servers based on Intel Corp.'s 64-bit IA-64 processor.

Under the terms of the deal, NEC will supply HP with its new "AzusA" server, a machine based on 16 of Intel's Itanium processors, which HP will then resell it under its own name as part of the HP9000 series of servers. For its part HP has committed to developing and supplying its Unix operating system, HP-UX, for the IA-64 platform. The two companies also agreed to collaborate on enhancing HP-UX for the AsuzA server.

NEC said in a statement it hopes the new deal will help it secure a high portion of the upcoming IA-64 server market.

The two companies have been working together on Unix-based servers since 1995. The original alliance has been extended since then and last year NEC inked a deal to adopt HP's OpenCall software platform on its NX7000 series of Unix-based servers.

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