HP has announced a new project under which its Integrity servers will be able to use Intel's Xeon as well as Itanium processors.
The latest move could give HP customers the confidence to continue using Integrity servers as they would have systems that can accommodate both Xeon and Itanium-based servers side by side.
This means that users will be able to run their programs on HP-UX on Itanium-based blades while simultaneously running workloads on Microsoft Windows or Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Xeon-based blades in the same computer chassis in the coming years, according to HP.
There was a drop in the popularity of Itanium chips following database software maker Oracle's decision in March to stop developing related software.
In June, HP filed a lawsuit against Oracle, alleging that its Itanium decision represented a breach of contract.
Tensions between HP and Oracle were aggravated by the database software maker's decision to appoint Mark Hurd, former CEO of HP, as its co-president.
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