Unix gets a little more unified

Unix has become just a little more united with the decision by Hitachi to gradually rebuild its Unix strategy around Hewlett-Packard's flavor of the operating system in preparation for the release of Intel's 64-bit Merced processor, following a similar move last week by Fujitsu, to consolidate its Unix machines around Sun Microsystems' Solaris OS.

Hitachi will gradually unify its Unix strategy around Hewlett-Packard's flavor of the operating system in preparation for the release of Intel's 64-bit Merced processor, a company official said this week.

The decision by Hitachi to move to HP's HP-UX operating system (OS) follows a similar move by Fujitsu, announced last week, to consolidate its Unix machines around Sun Microsystems' Solaris OS.

In Japan, Hitachi currently sells HI-UX, its own version of Unix which is based on HP-UX. As with Fujitsu's agreement with Sun, HP will tap Hitachi's experience in large systems to add functionality to future versions of HP-UX, the Hitachi official said.

Hitachi will have completed the shift to HP-UX by the time Intel ships its IA-64 microprocessor, code named Merced, which is expected some time next year, according to officials. Some time after Merced's debut, Hitachi will begin shipping a server based on the chip and HP-UX in the U.S., the Hitachi official said.

Hitachi, last year, was ranked the sixth largest Unix server vendor in Japan based on unit revenue, according to recent figures from IDC Japan Ltd.

Hitachi, based in Tokyo, can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.hitachi.co.jp/.

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