Itanium Needs Linux, but Does Linux Need Itanium?
Opinion: Intel's Itanium is a good platform, but unless prices go down, it'll be left on the shelf. (Linux-Watch)For years now, Ive been hearing about how Intels Itanium platform was going to be the server chip to end all other server chips. It hasnt happened. I dont think it ever will happen. Recently, some of Intels 64-bit Itanium chip allies have been looking to Linux as a way to give the much-maligned architecture a shot in the arm. Theyve been looking at ways to make the chip more interesting to Linux users.
As Joseph Gonzalez, a Gartner analyst, has said, "On the Itanium side, we really dont foresee strong growth during that time. Although it debuted with a lot of hype and fanfare, Itanium hasnt really moved into a commanding role in the server market."