Red Hat is HP Odyssey Potential Winner

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted November 29, 2011

HP is facing a difficult time in the server market as IBM gains momentum amid HP’s missteps with Itanium. As reported on The VAR Guy, HP is trying to save face with a server initiative code-named Odyssey. But here’s the big twist: Odyssey’s biggest potential winner is Red Hat.

"At the high-end of the server market, HP recently revealed that its Itanium server sales are plummeting. HP blames the weak Itanium server sales on Oracle, which has abandoned Itanium-based software development. Unfortunately, HP fails to concede that Red Hat and Microsoft had previously abandoned Itanium, so HP should have seen the writing on the wall for the high-end processor. Meanwhile, Dell is striving to attack HP in the more traditional x86 blade server market.

"Here’s where things get interesting. HP is now evangelizing project Odyssey, which will strive to unify the Unix and x86 server markets. (Side note: The VAR Guy heard the same story nearly 20 years ago… it was called Novell UnixWare and it failed. Oh, and then their was Solaris for x86, and that failed too.)"

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