Hewlett-Packard's Project Odyssey initiative is a step closer to becoming reality following the company's announcement that it has partnered with hardware vendor NEC to help push forward HP's vision of running x86-based blade servers alongside its Itanium-based Integrity systems.
Project Odyssey was announced in late 2011 as a vision to bring mission-critical capabilities to x86-based server blades powered by Intel Xeon processors to help enable them to integrate with the company's high-end Unix-based servers, which run on Intel's Itanium processor platform.
HP and NEC are longtime partners on the hardware front, having worked together since 1995 on producing high-end, mission-critical systems based on HP-UX, HP's Unix-based operating system &mdash. With this week's announcement the two companies are expanding their focus to include x86 systems running Microsoft's Windows and Linux.
With Project Odyssey, HP is looking to provide enterprises a wider choice of solutions — from servers to operating systems and software — on which to run their mission-critical environments, according to Mark Potter, senior vice president and general manager of servers at HP.