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  • 27 January 2006 14:10

Computing Leaders Announce Strategy for New Era of Mission Critical Computing

US$10 Billion Collective Investment Intended to Drive Itanium® to Predominant Position within over US$28 Billion per Annum Mission Critical Computing Market Segment1

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan.26, 2006 – Senior executives from the Itanium® industry met today in San Francisco to lay out a united strategy for Itanium® solution delivery with a goal of mission critical computing market segment leadership by the end of the decade. To take advantage of the growing momentum in enterprise and technical computing environments for Itanium® solution deployments, industry leaders including Bull, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, Hitachi, HP, Intel, NEC, SGI and Unisys announced a collective investment of US$10 billion to drive industry standard Itanium® platform adoption in favour of legacy, proprietary alternatives. With Itanium® platform revenue currently representing 58 per cent of Sun* SPARC* and 33 per cent of IBM* Power*2 market segment share, and over 6,000 applications currently running on the architecture, the momentum behind Itanium solutions is growing.

“Itanium solution delivery to mission critical environments represent a new business model for enterprise and technical computing users bringing choice of hardware platform, operating system and applications to environments which heretofore have been limited by proprietary vertical solution stacks,” said Vernon Turner, group vice president and general manager, IDC. “A change this substantial takes collective industry commitment and investment.”

The investment is comprised of planned funding of research and development, capital expenditures, sales and marketing, and ISV enabling activities.

Itanium solutions have made great inroads in enterprise computing database, enterprise resource planning and business intelligence deployments as well as in a host of technical computing environments. With application support doubling within the last twelve months, Itanium solution capability continues to grow.

The announcement came at the Itanium Solutions Alliance’s first Executive League meeting. The meeting provided Alliance Founding Sponsor senior executives with an opportunity to strategise on the long term opportunity for delivery of Itanium solutions to the marketplace. Members discussed collective opportunities within the Itanium arena and opportunities to collaborate through Alliance programs.

A global organisation, the Itanium Solutions Alliance was founded in September 2005 with a mission to accelerate Itanium solution deployments. The Alliance offers a suite of developer enabling programs including Developer Days, a Solutions Center Network and the recently launched Itanium Solutions Catalog, the first public listing of software applications available on Itanium platforms.

Membership to the Alliance is open to any enterprise and technical software supplier looking to optimise applications for Itanium environments or enterprise and technical computing providers looking to network with other leaders in delivery of best-in-breed computing solutions. More information about the Alliance, programs and membership can be found at

About The Itanium Solutions Alliance

The Itanium Solutions Alliance was formed by leading enterprise and technical solutions providers to work together towards a common objective of transitioning the world of proprietary computing platforms to open, industry standard solutions based on Itanium architecture. Together with leading enterprise software and hardware providers, the Alliance is dedicated to accelerating the adoption and ongoing development of Itanium solutions. Its membership comprises some of the most influential companies in the computing industry.

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1 Source: IDC 2006.

2 Source: IDC, Q3 2005 Server Tracker.

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