HP-Intel give up on Itanic

December 19, 2004 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Technology | 1 Comment

After years of convincing their customers to make the switch from PA-RISC to Itanium-based workstations, Intel and Hewlett-Packard have finally thrown in the towel. It looks like HP is in worse shape after this divorce, since as part of their condition to become Intel’s partner, HP had to phase out their in-house Itanium competitors like Alpha and PA-RISC. HP is well on the way of being just another technology distributor instead of an innovator. Here’s a suggested logo to reflect their philosophy since the passing of their founders:

At work, I’ve been subjected to HP’s confusing journey regarding the future of their product lines. I expect more of the same when our HP-UX workstations are up for refresh next year. As the Unix market consolidates, customers want companies that show a clear committment and roadmap for their products. It’s too bad that some other Unix vendors (like Sun, Apple, IBM) aren’t doing much better than HP on this issue.

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  1. Some excerpts I got on insanely-great.com

    HPQ’s problem is that they can’t decide what they are and what they want to be. They have totally lost any sense of focus. They want to be like IBM, then they want to be like Apple and Sony, then they want to be like Dell, then they want to be like Kodak. If HPQ wants to stay in business, they will have do decide which one it is going to be.

    […]

    With all due respect, the company deserves to become extinct, much more so than the great companies and their technologies it has destroyed: Apollo Domain, DEC, Tandem, … Even its own once great HP technologies are nowhere to be found in HPQs portfolio today. HP has long started to suck big time and there isn’t any sign that this will get better. Instead all indicators tell us that it is going to get worse.


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