In a recent development, Intel has launched next generation Itanium 9500 processors for UNIX and mainframe operating systems in a joint event conducted by HP and Intel. Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Rory McInerney, vice president of Intel's Architecture Group stated that the new processors would provide a flexible IT infrastructure to meet the dynamic challenges of managing the mission critical systems. These new processors are also expected to help enterprises manage big data more efficiently enabling better decision making and data analytics.
Intel now offers two mission critical solutions, Itanium and Xeon and Itanium is specifically designed to cater to need of UNIX based and mainframe systems. The new Itanium processor 9500 is arguably the most sophisticated processor ever launched by Intel.
It is claimed to have twice the number of cores and double the through put operating at 2.35 GHz frequency. Intel is employing its Instruction Replay Technology in the new processors which would speed up the I/O processing by at least 33%. The processors can handle more data loads and perform optimally in data intensive applications like analytics, ERP, etc.
The Intel Itanium 9500 processors are now made available in the market in a price range from $1,350 to $4,650 in lots of 1,000 units.
During this event, HP unveiled the fully integrated Integrity servers designed with Intel’s Itanium 9500 processors. Ric Lewis, VP and interim GM of Business Critical Systems at HP said that the Integrity servers with Itanium 9500 can deliver up to 33 percent in TCO savings along with superior performance and faster threat tracking and prevention by at least 10 times.