A Tall Order
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.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."
"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."