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The Economist: Business's Digital Black Cloud

Jul 18, 2005, 18:15 (0 Talkback[s])

"Complicating matters even further, servers these days tend to have more than one processor inside them. The wholesale endorsement of Linux, the open-source operating system for Pentium-style processors, by the world's leading hardware and software firms (with the exception of Microsoft) has turned it into a formidable platform for enterprise servers capable of ganging dozens, even hundreds, of internal processors together into a giant 'symmetric multiprocessing' unit that behaves as a single entity. Add multicores to multiprocessors, and today's software licensing policies quickly become untenable..."

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