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Server Specs: Intel delays dual-core Itanium

Intel delays dual-core Itanium chips; IDC says virtualization is growing faster than expected; AMD continues gains; and Unisys partners with NEC.

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Intel delays dual-core Itanium Chip goliath Intel has reported it will delay the release of its first dual-core...

Itanium chips. Codenamed Montecito, the chip had been scheduled to debut early next year but instead will come several months later. Intel said it is holding on the chips to do more testing. This is more bad news for the beleaguered chip line, which lost one of its biggest sellers last month when Dell dropped the Itanium chips from its servers.

IDC survey: Over 75% of all large companies deploying virtual servers
Framingham, Mass.-based research firm IDC recently reported that virtualization technology will saturate the market sooner than expected. IDC said widespread adoption will take place over the next one to two years, not a five- to10-year gradual market shift as in other technology areas. According to IDC, customer satisfaction with virtualization technologies is extremely high. Survey respondents currently using virtualization expect 45% of new servers purchased next year will be virtualized. More than 50% of all virtual servers are running production-level applications, including the most business critical workloads.

AMD offers details on virtualization plans, gains on Intel
According to reports, Advanced Micro Devices has unveiled details regarding its virtualization efforts at the chip level. Codenamed Pacifica, AMD said the technology reduce the complexity of hypervisor software and offer better performance from virtualization technology. This comes on the heels of a new report from Mercury Research that said AMD gained 1.6 points in market share to 17.8%, taking most of that gain from Intel.

Unisys sheds workforce, partners on converged platform with NEC
Unisys Corp. last week announced plans to shed 10% of its workforce, or about 3,500 employees. The news followed the report of a $54.3 million loss in Q3 2005. In a move to make up for those employees, the company recently announced plans to partner with its former competitor, Japan-based manufacturer NEC. The companies plan to collaborate to design and develop a common high-end, Intel-based server platform. The first of these next-generation common platforms is planned for release in 2007. The new servers are to be manufactured by NEC on behalf of both companies.

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