On the software front, Opteron is gaining a growing number of supporters, including Microsoft, IBM, SuSE Linux A.G. and Oracle. During the launch, Brian Valentine, senior vice president of Microsofts Windows Division, reiterated his companys intention of releasing versions of its Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems that will support Opteron. IBM is launching a public beta of its DB2 database technology powered by Opteron, with the plan to make it generally available within the next few months, according to Bob Picciano, DB2 director of database technology for IBM Canada. During the conference, Picciano presented Ruiz with a plaque and announced, "DB2 on Opteron is ready for business."The Opteron launch also included testimony from such people as Robert Ballard, the ocean explorer most famous for discovering the wreck of the Titanic, and scientist Craig Vettner, whose work is helping map the human genome, as to the value of Opteron and 64-bit computing. And as has become custom at events like these, a celebrity made a cameo appearance. Sportscaster Bob Costas took the audience down an extremely short history of "breakout performances," which ranged from Julius Ervings basketball style to the original cast of "Saturday Night Live" to Billy Jean King. Ruiz presented Costas with a custom-made Gibson electric guitar. Gibson is an AMD customer. Latest AMD News:
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And Brom Mahbod, vice president of Oracles Enterprise Platform Group, said that Oracles 9i Real Application Clustering technology will support Opteron. Computer Associates International Inc. also said its software will support Opteron.