Increasingly also in the x86 server systems for mission critical applications

Increasingly also in the x86 server systems for mission critical applications

As part of the mission critical systems, ie those used in installations where the most critical service continuity is a fundamental requirement, we are seeing a gradual shift towards the use of x86 architecture as an alternative to traditional proprietary solutions (Intel Itanium, IBM Power , PA-RISC) used in the past.

Systems of this kind have always balanced high functionality related to continuity of service with a remarkable complexity of configuration and management. The direct consequence is the high costs both for the purchase is to maintain them in operation over the typically long period of time during which they are operating.

Many of the technologies that ensure continuity of service to these systems even in the presence of hardware failures have been implemented in x86 based systems. Intel, in particular, wanting with this also find an alternative space than that occupied by the Itanium processor family, has progressively expanded it’s Xeon range of technologies of this kind.

The announcement of mission critical systems based on x86 architecture, in addition to the lack of signals about the development of proposals for new generation architecture based on Intel IA-64 (the one adopted by the Itanium processor family) has led in recent years to a steady decline in revenues generated by sales of server systems of this type. For this reason, it did not surprise, last December, the announcement of the new HP Superdome systems X-based Intel Xeon E7. HP company has long been engaged in the field of mission critical systems as well as being the main partner in the development of the Intel Itanium processor family.

This trend has already been registered over the past years for fewer complex installations, where the proposals x86 have effectively supplanted proprietary systems for a long time. The growing availability of mission critical class systems based on x86 architecture is therefore only a logical consequence of the evolution of the market, thanks to which you will get simplifications both in purchase costs as in those of server maintenance more critical for the operation of companies and network infrastructure.

We will continue in any case to record sales of enterprise systems with x86 architecture is not in the near future; solutions of this type tend to remain in production for periods of time on average longer than those of the traditional server smaller size. Besides this, there is in many cases to upgrade the whole stack software used by these systems, so that they can migrate to other architecture: this implies that in case of hardware update will remain on the same platform so as not to have to cope with additional costs for the software component.

Increasingly also in the x86 server systems for mission critical applications updated: February 26, 2015 author: John Malkovich