IBM has confirmed that it is considering port its AIX Unix operating system to Intel's IA64 architecture.
Dave Turek, director of SP server brand management, said at the moment it remained an exercise in technology and assessing how such a move would fit with existing IBM architectures and products. However he stated that there was as yet no broad shift in strategy or products associated with such a move.
"We are looking at the possibility of porting AIX to IA64. We need to understand the technology issues, we have assigned some people to it and we will look at it very carefully," he said.
Earlier US reports had claimed that Big Blue would formally announce its strategy by the end of the year. The reports said IBM would continue to develop AIX boxes based on its own PowerPC chip and position the Intel machines as complementary offerings.
A report issued last Thursday by Steve Milunovich and Robert Hanson, analysts at Merrill Lynch, said IBM was expected to work closely with Intel on specifications for the Unix system design.
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