Furthermore, Rau said, the Opteron will first have to prove itself in the 32-bit arena, where it will compete with the Xeons in one- to eight-way servers. Meanwhile, users interviewed by eWeek said that the Opteron is an attractive technology but that it may not be enough to make them switch platforms.Corey Corrick, director of operations for Flamenco Networks Inc., said his company wont move to 64-bit computing for about a year. "When we make that leap to 64-bit, well probably consider Opteron pretty seriously," said Corrick, in Alpharetta, Ga. "One, were a Linux shop. And two, Im more comfortable with the [Opteron] architecture because we dont have to necessarily throw out the baby with the bath water. We can continue to run our [32-bit] applications." Still, a key part of that decision will be whether a major OEM steps up and offers Opteron-based systems. "Id want to go with a company with a big name on them," Corrick said. (Editors Note: This story has been updated since its original posting to include Opteron pricing.) Latest AMD News:
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Jason Robohm, director of technical services at Crossmark Holdings Inc., said his company uses only Intel-based HP ProLiant servers. Unless HP offers Opteron-based systems, he will stick with what he has. That said, the Opterons support for both 32-bit and 64-bit applications is attractive, he said. "AMDs really got to find a way to sell [the Opteron] to a traditional server manufacturer in the Wintel environment," said Robohm, in Plano, Texas. "They have to sell to the enterprise, but havent been able to yet."