A Tall Order

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-10-02 Print this article Print


So Skaugen and Intel in general have a lot of things to juggle, as far as supplying all sectors of IT-related businesses with processors that work and can last a long time. It's definitely a tall order. But can Intel live up to this lofty goal?

"Sun [Microsystems] used to be dominant in the financial services sector and telcos for a long time, but they're been washed out of most of that business in the last few years," Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT and a longtime Intel expert, told eWEEK. "There is continued momentum there [for Intel]. And when you look at the cloud services world-meaning Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft with Azure-they're all running x86.  There's very little of non-x86 in all those operations.

"Intel's in a sweet spot in that it's also pushing Unix into a smaller and smaller niche in a lot of markets. At the same time, they're considered the cutting-edge tech for this wave of cloud computing that everybody's been talking about and predicting for years."

What Intel really has in mind is being the microprocessor inside literally every part of the data center, King said. "That's the long view," he added. "And they're working very hard to make that happen."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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