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HP's Superdomes land real-estate deal

Hewlett-Packard has sold three Itanium-based Superdome servers to First American Title Insurance for processing title and escrow settlement transactions.

HP has sold three Itanium-based Superdome servers to First American Title Insurance for processing title and escrow settlement transactions, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The systems replace two Unisys servers, HP said. The sale marks the first time the title insurance company has bought models based on Intel's Itanium chips.

HP's first Superdome models used its own PA-RISC processor, which meant users could only run its HP-UX version of Unix on the machines. The Itanium-based models also tap Microsoft's Windows and the open-source Linux operating systems. First American Title's machines use Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition, HP said. The Santa Ana, Calif.-based company, which provides services related to real estate and business, already has HP's ProLiant servers, a product line that uses Intel's Xeon and Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processors.