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Consistency in Mission Critical - a good thing?

Coming into big events like HP Discover there is a lot of focus on announcing new products, technologies and strategies for our customers, analysts and press.  But perhaps consistency in mission critical is better than new and constantly changing.

Let the facts speak: Itanium-based Integrity server support goes well beyond 2021!!!

HP is committed to your business and your success.  In fact, HP puts Customers First.   Let me share the facts with you.  

  •  HP recently confirmed plans to continue the development and innovation of Itanium-based Integrity NonStop and Integrity server platforms with our HP-UX and OpenVMS operating systems for more than 10 years. 
  • HP’s current plan is to support Intel Poulson-based Integrity server platforms through at least 2021.
  • HP has extended the end of support for HP-UX 11i v3 Operating System until December 31, 2020 and will be available on Intel Poulson and Kittson-based Integrity servers.  OpenVMS 8.4 operating system sales and support are committed to be aligned with sales of Intel Poulson-based Integrity servers.
    • Although Oracle has announced its plans to not offer future versions of Oracle products for Intel Itanium based servers, Oracle will continue to support current versions under their Oracle Lifetime support policy for many years to come.  This will give customers sufficient time to work with HP to create a strategy to reduce their dependence on the Oracle stack.

At HP, we understand that unplanned change to product roadmaps is disruptive to our customers in maintaining the stability and continuity required for mission-critical environments.    HP is committed to keeping the trust of our customers.    Details of HP’s continued commitment to HP-UX, OpenVMS and HP Integrity is shared below. 




 Integrity server, HP-UX and OpenVMS Operating Systems Support

Legacy servers typically remain active for 12-18 months after new systems are introduced.  Server upgrades and accessories (processors, memory, etc.) will typically remain active for 12-18 months after the server goes end of life (EOL).  Minimum support commitment is typically 5-years after a server goes EOL.  HP’s current plan is to support Poulson-based Integrity server platforms through at least 2021.  With a planned release of Kittson-based Integrity servers somewhere in mid-2015, EOL dates are beyond 2021.



Planned SR

Server EOL

Accessories/ Upgrade EOL

Minimum Support Commitment

Integrity with Poulson processor


End 2016


End 2021

Integrity with Kittson processor



12-18 months after server EOL

5-years after server EOL


For most operating systems, the standard support lifecycle ranges between 7-10 years.  As we previously announced, due to customer demand and feedback from the field, HP has extended the end of support for the HP-UX 11i v3 operating system until  Dec. 31, 2020.  The end of sales and minimum support commitment for HP-UX 11i v3 operating system will now be extended to align with sales of Kittson-based Integrity servers. OpenVMS 8.4 operating system sales and support are committed to be aligned with sales of Poulson-based Integrity servers.



Itanium and IT Vendor Commitment - One Issue, Many Voices

There has been a ton of coverage in the media (social and traditional) about Oracle's actions dropping all future development on Itanium and HP, partner and customer response .  Here's a collection of several of the key pieces....

Modern day ”Where’s Waldo?” staring Oracle

Itanium in not dead according to articles, blogs, tweets—there’ve been a great number of each  on this subject during the last four weeks.  If you’re like me and you’ve distilled all of this information into the major takeaway moments you would have reached the same conclusion I have, namely; “where’s Oracle?” No words from the faithful myrmidons at Oracle on: “maybe we should have thought this through a little better”, “maybe we should reconsider”, “maybe the user community has legitimate complaints”, “maybe we should reopen the discussion.” Lots of maybes, a ton of questions and no real answers from the instigator. Where’s Oracle? Good question. WHERE IS Oracle?

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