Covalent, Red Hat to Develop Apache Software for Opteron

By Wayne Kawamoto (Send Email)
Posted Nov 19, 2002


At ApacheCon U.S. 2002, on Monday AMD revealed it is working with Covalent and Red Hat to develop Apache-based Web server software for its upcoming Opteron processors. At ApacheCon U.S. 2002 on Monday, AMD announced it is working with Covalent and Red Hat to develop Apache-based Web server software for its upcoming Opteron processors.

Using AMD's Opteron technology, developers are optimizing Apache software that will support both 32- and 64-bit computing. According to Opteron, as these systems will be based on the upcoming AMD Opteron processors, organizations will be able to secure commercial servers and intellectual property, experience increased application performance in the short term. They will also be able to scale to 64-bit power as needed.

"Apache is a very widely used Linux-based enterprise Web server application, and we are working with two leaders -- Covalent and Red Hat -- to offer simultaneous high-performance 32- and 64- bit computing to our customers," said Marty Seyer, vice president of server business for AMD. "Using Apache and the upcoming AMD Opteron processor 32- and 64-bit capabilities, customers are expected to be able to minimize their integration complexity with flexible and reliable mission-critical Web services."

Covalent and Red Hat also weighed in on the partnership.

"Covalent is developing 64-bit compatibility because we believe the upcoming AMD Opteron processor-based server systems will deliver superior performance and reliability for our easy-to-install Apache project server software," said Mark Douglas, senior vice president of engineering, Covalent Technologies. "Compatibility is essential, and we are cooperatively working to ensure optimal performance with the upcoming AMD Opteron processors."

"Red Hat is ensuring that users of Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, which includes the Apache Web server, can easily migrate from 32- to 64-bit processing power with AMD Opteron technology," said Paul Cormier, executive vice president of engineering, Red Hat. "We support this flexible platform and plan to be fully compatible so our customers can use the most advanced technology and secure their servers, intranets and extranets, and intellectual property."

AMD Opteron processors for both servers and workstations are scheduled to begin shipping in the first half of 2003.

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