Intel needs to give users a clear idea of where the Itanium processors are going, especially given the increased competition presented by other chips. In particular, Advanced Micro Devices Inc.s 64-bit Opteron chip runs 32-bit applications better than Itanium and comes at a competitive price. AMD, of Sunnyvale, Calif., last week rolled out two Opteron models, the 146 for one-processor servers and workstations and the 846 for four- and eight-way systems.
Opteron 146 goes head-to-head with Intels fastest. Check out ExtremeTechs review.
Sales of Itanium-based systems have ramped up to more than 6,000 in the first six months of this year, according to International Data Corp., in Framingham, Mass. At the same time, the number of software applications that can run on Itanium-based systems has grown to some 700 and is expected to reach 1,000 by years end, according to an HP official. David Meacham is looking forward to bringing Itanium-based systems into his data center and learning more about Intels plans. Delaware North Companies Inc., where Meacham is director of IT, runs its PeopleSoft Inc. applications on an HP Superdome server powered by 32 PA-RISC chips. However, later next year the Buffalo, N.Y., company will migrate those applications and others running on various smaller Intel-based systems onto an Itanium-based HP Superdome server. "When you take a look at the scope of what were running, you see that the majority of our single-[application] systems are in [Windows] NT and Windows," Meacham said. "Were now looking at a consolidation project. How do we cut down on the number of servers?" The Itanium-based Superdome not only will enable Delaware North to reduce the number of servers by bringing those applications onto a single system but also will be able to run Windows, Linux and Unix applications simultaneously. Discuss this in the eWEEK forum.