Itanium: The Death of Microsoft Windows Support
In December of 2009, it was reported that Red Hat Linux started the process of ceasing support for Intel Itanium processors. Now, it appears that Microsoft is starting it's process of discontinuing support for Intel Itanium.
See former blog entry when Red Hat Linux discontinued their Itanium support.
Network Management Implications:
None. There were no serious Network Management products using Microsoft Windows on Itanium. There are really only HP operating systems left on this CPU platform, a single isolated software vendor on a single isolated chip supplier.
Why Few Implications:
Single vendor processors (IBM POWER and Intel Itanium) are somewhat more risky, when there is a gap in the development cycle due to human error. Specialized software vendors looking for longevity often look for multiple suppliers when producing a product, to ensure that a single vendor glitch does not damage their product marketing.
In the areas of server processors, there really only seems to be two multi-vendor CPU vendors left: SPARC (Oracle/Sun and Fujitsu) and x64 (Intel and AMD.)
Who Will Be Affected?
Probably, the people who will be most affected by this move will be businesses who depended on Microsoft SQL Server on Itanium.
Had those vendors chosen another database vendor, who supports multiple architectures (i.e. Oracle RDBMS) - a migration to another Operating System (i.e. an HP Operating System) on the same hardware could have been done, to extend the life of the asset, and any desired hardware architecture could have been chosen to migrate to later (i.e. SPARC, POWER, Intel x64, AMD x64.)