re: Oracle Loses Bid To End HP Lawsuit
Probably, I think Itanium would have eventually been down with or without Oracle's actions. If Oracle had done nothing, Itanium would have probably ended of its own momentum in the next few years anyway.
Although Unix has been losing market share to x86-Linux, I think there will still be a space for Unix for high end, mission critical workloads. Unix has a scale up architecture to 64 plus sockets, x86 requires scale out which increases complexity. IBM Power still has a performance advantage over x86. I think the primary argument for Unix instead of x86-Linux is integration. x86 is a "roll your own" from an integration perspective. You not only need to worry about many more servers, switches, I/O adapters, and other physical equipment, but you become responsible for building the platform. You are the peacemaker between OS, hypervisor, hardware, systems management vendors and their various support organizations which is a hassle as compared to a Unix system where the hypervisor is custom built for the hw, the OS is custom engineered with the hypervisor, all of the utilities are custom engineered for that platform and so forth. Unix works out of the box. x86 eventually works and can work at tremendous scale/performance but it requires much more integration at the front end and on-going management/admin. It is the age old cost of acquisition vs. total cost of ownership debate.