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Dec 2 2009   8:00PM GMT

Gartner analyst compares Itanium to Marmite

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

LAS VEGAS – Andrew Butler, a Gartner analyst, yesterday called Itanium “the Marmite of the computing industry.”

Butler, who is from the U.K., was referencing a yeast paste popular over the pond that is commonly used as a spread on toast, sandwiches and crackers. So how does Intel’s Itanium process or compare?

“The thing about Marmite is no one is neutral about it,” he said. “People either love it or hate it.”

Butler went on to say that Itanium will continue to be a chip primarily for Hewlett-Packard server hardware running HP-UX and other older HP OSes like NonStop.

“Ninety percent of Itanium users are HP-UX customers,” he said. “Itanium has a safe future, but in the proprietary Unix market.”

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