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Currently the company is modularizing the HP-UX kernel so that pieces of 64-bit technology can be phased in over time. Due in midyear, Version 11.0 will have full 64-bit capabilities, support for large file sizes and large file systems, and the capability to address larger physical and virtual memory in excess of 4GB, officials said.

“Having 64-bit capabilities is essential for large database performance,” said Chris Le Tocq, a Dataquest analyst, in San Jose, Calif. “The 64-bit address space allows you to put most of the database in memory, maximizing performance.”

Meanwhile, HP is extending another partnership — with Informix –to allow users to deploy HP servers as database-driven Web sites. In July, HP will bundle Informix database and Web-related software with its Domain Enterprise XE RISC Unix servers.

The primary Informix component in the bundling is the new Informix-Universal Server object-relational database, due on the HP RISC Unix platform


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