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May 23, 2000, 16:13 (0 Talkback[s])

"We've been hearing about it for more than a year: Intel's mighty Merced, now called Itanium, the first processor to be based on Intel's long-awaited IA-64 architecture. But is this just another step up the bigger-and-faster ladder, or is IA-64 truly the quantum leap Intel and its partners have been promising these many months? And even if the latter is true, exactly what difference will that make to the lives of harried network and systems administrators? In other words, aside from more CPU cycles, what does Itanium mean for you?"

"Itanium will be different as Intel has taken great pains to ensure that system components typically provided by other vendors will be ready to take full advantage of the IA-64 architecture. This includes hardware components, such as RAM and I/O bus technologies, as well as software components like the operating system and development compilers. Of all the major server hardware vendors, only Sun Microsystems still remains outside the IA-64 fold. At least four operating system vendors have announced they will release products with IA-64 support in the near future. Among the most prominent are IBM/SCO's Monterey, Microsoft's Win64 and Novell's Modesto. Others supporting IA-64 are Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX and the open source Linux community. Intel has even gone so far as to ensure application-level support for Itanium, including vendors like Baan, IBM (DB2), Microsoft (SQL Server), Oracle, PeopleSoft and SAP."

"Operating Systems: Initially will support five OS platforms, including HP-UX, IBM/SCO Monterey, Linux, Microsoft Win64, and Novell Modesto."

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