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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-24 Print this article Print

Turning to its relationship with Intel, Ballmer brought Paul Otellini, Intels chief operating officer, on stage. Otellini said Intels relationship with Microsoft had expanded from the desktop and into the server market. While the "server performance crown" part of the market had eluded both companies, this was changing, he said. Otellini announced that a 32-way, Itanium 2 NEC Solutions Inc. server, the NEC Express5800/1320Xc, running the next-generation Madison chip had given the best non-clustered TPC-C benchmark in the world, a fact that received much applause.
"The interesting thing about our architecture is that we continue to scale. This morning Hewlett-Packard is announcing that they are now number one," he said, at which point Ballmer did a little victory dance.
HPs Superdome machine, a 64-processor machine with Madison Itanium 2 inside and running Windows Server 2003 and SQWL Server, got the TPC-C up to 558,000. "This is an absolute record machine," Otellini said. "There is no machine in the world that can do more database transactions than this machine running Windows. This is the absolute fastest machine running transactions on the planet," Ballmer said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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