By Timothy Prickett Morgan Not to be outdone by IBM Corp and Sun Microsystems Inc, Hewlett- Packard Co says it has HP-UX 11 up and running on the same Merced systems in Intel’s Dupont, Washington labs as IBM had its AIX variant, Monterey/64, running on two weeks ago. IBM has in some minds usurped pole […]
By Timothy Prickett Morgan
Not to be outdone by IBM Corp and Sun Microsystems Inc, Hewlett- Packard Co says it has HP-UX 11 up and running on the same Merced systems in Intel’s Dupont, Washington labs as IBM had its AIX variant, Monterey/64, running on two weeks ago. IBM has in some minds usurped pole position in the Unix-on-Merced market even before Merced gets here (and certainly well before the machines are technically viable replacements for equally powerful 32-bit Intel processors) by gaining Intel as a Monterey/64 enthusiast.
It was only a little more than a year ago when we were talking with David Scott, formerly director of business strategy for enterprise systems at HP, that he was boasting that being the primary partner with Intel in Merced’s design had given HP big advantages and that this was one of the reasons why Hitachi, NEC and Stratus had signed up to use HP-UX on Merced processors in their servers. At that time, HP reckoned that HP-UX could eventually drive as much as 65% to 70% of total Unix-on-IA-64 sales, accounting for as much as $15bn in sales for the four HP- UX partners by 2001 (that date has probably shifted out to 2002 by now, given Merced’s delays and anticipated poor performance). HP is attributing the fact that it has HP-UX running on Merced to the efforts of its own team as well as those from its HP-UX partners Hitachi and NEC.
As far as anyone knows, only IBM/SCO and HP have their Unixes running on Merced. Sun has Solaris running on the Merced simulators, but hasn’t announced that it has the OS actually running on Merced simulators. Compaq’s Tru64 is dead as far as Merced is concerned, Data General’s DG-UX is up in the air with EMC Corp taking over the firm and probably being encouraged by IBM to become a Monterey/64 partner like Sequent. While Data General by itself was definitely too small to go it alone with Merced-Unix development, its new parent has relatively deep pockets and may be able to indulge in DG-UX for a few years as the Merced and McKinley server markets mature. For good competitive reasons, Data General needs to keep itself distinct from IBM’s Sequent unit. Then again, the two already share an operating system – Windows NT – so sharing one more may not be that much of a big deal. And finally, no one is saying anything yet about how the port of Linux to Merced is going.