There has been a lot written about the Oracle decision to stop development for Intel Itanium-based servers. While there is a lot of speculation on why Oracle decided to leave many joint customers without a solution there is a one thing that is clear. Oracle is focusing on workload optimized systems and trying to force HP out of that business.
The reality is that the bulk of the market is moving to standardized, modular, flexible systems - basically, the concept of the cloud computing model. HP is working hard in this area with HP Converged Infrastructure, HP CloudSystem, BladeSystem, and more.
While this trend goes against the idea of workload optimized systems, the reality is that they will be essential for many businesses for decades to come. HP not only will continue to provide workload optimized systems such as HP Integrity servers, it is also taking the approach to integrate workload optimized systems into the HP Converged Infrastructure to get the best of both worlds.
For me, this isn't just an industry trend, but also a personal trend. I am moving from focusing on HP Integrity servers and scale-up ProLiant server to a strategy role for CloudSystem and Matrix. In fact, I'm rejoining a team that I was part of when we worked on the HP Virtual Server Environment for HP Integrity servers, so in a sense, if feels like going home.
Unfortunately, that means that I likely won't have a lot of time to continue writing on the Mission Critical Computing blog, although, with a one month old daughter, I haven't exactly been writing a lot recently anyway. I may still write about some of the new things I'm learning from time to time, and perhaps also contribute to some other blogs, but that likely won't happen until I've figured out what I'm doing in my new role.
As I transition roles, I want to thank everyone who has read the Mission Critical Computing blog, wrote posts and given me ideas, and who commented. It has been a fun journey for me, and I hope that you found at least at least some of my posts to be enlightening and enjoyable.
Jacob Van Ewyk