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Top 10 List For IT Managers: Intel’s 64-Bit, Multi-Core Enterprise Platforms Running Microsoft Windows

  • 27 April, 2005 12:24

<p>FYI - Might be useful as a backgrounder for any multi-core and Microsoft x64 - related stories.</p>
<p>Fact Sheet</p>
<p>Intel Corporation estimates that 2005 will be the first year that the majority of its new server, workstation and desktop platforms will ship with 64-bit technology. In addition, Intel has more than 15 multi-core projects underway across its desktop, mobile and server platforms. By the end of 2006, Intel expects to ship multi-core processors at a rate of greater than 70 per cent for its desktop and mobile clients and greater than 85 per cent for its server products.</p>
<p>A key factor enabling the adoption of 64-bit computing is today’s announcement of Microsoft* Windows Server* 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional* x64 Edition. This launch will continue to help drive the momentum of Intel’s 64-bit platforms, which are being rapidly adopted today. In fact, the 64-bit Intel® Xeon™ processor launched last year was the most successful enterprise processor launch for Intel to date. Intel reached more than one million unit sales of the 64-bit Intel Xeon processor within the first six months of its introduction, which is three times the volume, in a third of the time, compared to another processor company’s 64-bit server offering. This fast ramp continues in 2005.</p>
<p>Intel platforms, combined with Microsoft software, create new opportunities for end users to grow their business, reduce costs and mitigate risk. Here are ten things that will help end users, system manufacturers, software developers and system integrators make the transition:</p>
<p>1. Availability of Intel-based multi-core seed systems. During this year, Intel plans to deliver tens of thousands of dual-core processors to system manufacturers, software developers, end users and channel customers. Systems based on these processors span dual-core Intel® Itanium® processors, codenamed “Montecito,” 64-bit Intel Xeon processors for dual processor servers, codenamed “Dempsey,” multi-processor servers, codenamed “Paxville,” mobile optimised processors, codenamed “Yonah,” as part of the next generation Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology platform, code named “Napa,” Intel® Pentium® D processors and Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition platforms and are expected to be available on multiple operating systems.</p>
<p>2. Decades of collaboration on software and hardware. Intel and Microsoft have worked together for decades to ensure Windows runs best on Intel architecture. In the latest iteration of Windows, Intel and Microsoft collaborated to help improve multi-tasking performance with Intel® Hyper Threading Technology, memory addressability with Intel® Extended Memory 64-bit Technology (Intel® EM64T), protection from certain viruses and worms with Intel® architecture-based PCs featuring Execute Disable Bit, and power management technology by optimising the operating system for the new hardware features. Further, Intel and Microsoft are working closely together to optimise the user experience with the combination of Intel platforms with Microsoft’s forthcoming operating system, codenamed “Longhorn.” New business PC capabilities are expected to include enhanced mobility and system responsiveness utilising Intel dual-core and multi-core processors.</p>
<p>3. New platform capabilities with Intel's “*Ts”. The collaboration continues with Intel’s focus on enabling platform technologies that will enhance the customer value proposition of the Windows operating system, such as Intel® Virtualisation Technology. Microsoft Windows hypervisor technology, planned for availability in “Longhorn,” will support Intel Virtualisation Technology. Microsoft is expected to have native support for Intel® I/O Acceleration Technology, helping improve application response time. In addition, Intel and Microsoft are co-developers of the WS-Management (WS-MAN) specification, a Web services protocol specification that helps address the cost and complexity of IT management by providing a common way for networked systems to access and exchange management information. WS-MAN is planned for implementation in Intel platforms with Intel® Active Management Technology beginning in 2006.</p>
<p>4. Multi-core and 64-bit computing to provide new business capabilities. Intel introduced the company’s first PC platform based on a dual-core microprocessor. Designed for PC power users, the new platform includes the Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840, which provides two processor cores and Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology, allowing up to four software threads to run simultaneously, and the Intel® 955X Express Chipset, featuring Intel® High Definition Audio and support for dual-channel DDR2 memory, up to 8 GB of system memory, PCI Express devices and RAID disk drives. The company announced plans to deliver the dual-core Intel Pentium D processor-based platform for mainstream consumer PCs and high performance business computers later in the second quarter. These high-performance platforms provide a nimble, responsive experience on demanding analytic, content creation and technical applications and intense multi-tasking environments. This platform has the physical memory to take full advantage of 64-bit processing on Microsoft's upcoming advanced operating systems.</p>
<p>5. Microsoft multi-core software licensing. Microsoft’s server software is currently licensed on a per-processor model and the company announced last year that it will continue to be licensed on a per-processor model, not on a per-core model. Microsoft’s client operating system software is licensed per installation and not per processor, and supports up to two processors regardless of the number of cores on the processor. These policies allow customers to recognise continued growth in performance and power from Microsoft software on a multi-core processor system without incurring additional software licensing fees. Intel continually works with Microsoft and others in the industry to advocate per processor licensing, which offers benefits for IT managers who deploy Intel-based servers and Microsoft software.</p>
<p>6. A broad range of ecosystem support for Itanium processors. There are more than 75 system manufacturers that ship Itanium-based systems today and currently more than 2700 applications available. Itanium processor-based systems with Windows Server 2003, Enterprise and Datacenter Editions help address customer needs for the highest levels of performance, reliability and scalability for data mining, business intelligence, enterprise resource planning and extreme-scale high performance computing applications. Later this year, Microsoft is expected to expand support for Intel’s Itanium architecture to Visual Studio* 2005, Microsoft .NET Framework* 2.0 and Microsoft SQL Server* 2005 and is working on support for “Longhorn Server.”</p>
<p>7. New standards-based telecommunication services. Intel technologies can enhance customers’ experience with Microsoft Office Live Communications Server* 2005, a standards-based, enterprise-grade, instant messaging (IM) solution, and Microsoft Office Communicator* 2005, a real-time collaboration platform to connect people, information, and business processes seamlessly. IT managers can expect to have the ability to view rich, presence information by deploying new and improved services, and select an efficient mode of communication like IM, PC-based voice and video, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), or enterprise telephony.</p>
<p>8. Support for independent hardware vendors (IHVs). For many years, Intel and Microsoft have collaborated to add increasing value to both customers and the industry. This collaboration is focused on improving reliability, interoperability and confidence that IHV devices support a high degree of choice and flexibility for Intel platforms and Microsoft software. The two companies plan to offer a broad range of programs, through 64-bit co-marketing activities, including enabling support for IHVs. Intel and Microsoft are developing an enterprise lab in DuPont, Washington to help IHVs port and optimise their device drivers for Pentium and 64-bit Intel Xeon processor-based platforms. The lab simulates a complete enterprise environment and IHVs have the unique opportunity to test their hardware, such as a network card, for compatibility with all aspects of an enterprise environment at one time, versus testing with individual technologies. Personnel from Intel and Microsoft will be available to help optimise code. The lab is expected to be staffed and operational by early summer.</p>
<p>9. Tools, training and advice for software developers. The transition to 64-bits and the ability to fully take advantage of multi-core platforms requires support for the broad ecosystem. The Intel® Software Network offers a collection of software tools, local events, Web casts and hands-on training for software developers to bring more innovative client, mobile and server products to market. Under this program, Intel and Microsoft are teaming on joint training events, such as Route64, developer Web casts including 'High Performance .NET,' and software tools. Compilers, performance analysers, libraries, and threading tools are available from Intel today to help Windows developers optimise their applications for Intel architecture-based platforms.</p>
<p>10. Professional services to design a competitive solution. Intel® Solution Services, Intel’s worldwide professional services organisation, has 15 Intel® Solution Centres around the world to help companies capitalise on the full value of Intel Architecture. Intel Solution Services consultants have expertise in designing, building, implementing and optimising solutions on 64-bit technology from Intel. Services are available through onsite consulting and at the Intel Solution Centres, which are outfitted with IT infrastructure and technologies including Intel® Pentium® 4 processor-based PCs, Intel Xeon and Itanium processor-based servers for multiple computing environments including Windows.</p>
<p>About Intel
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at</p>
<p>Intel, Pentium, Itanium and Intel Xeon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other country</p>
<p>Hyper-Threading Technology requires a computer system with an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with HT technology, a chipset and BIOS that utilise this technology, and an operating system that includes optimisations for this technology. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software you use. See Hyper-Threading Technology for information.</p>
<p>*Other brands may be claimed as property of others</p>
<p>For more information, please contact:</p>
<p>Daniel Anderson
Intel Australia Pty Ltd
Tel: +61 2 9937 5886
Mob: +61 0418 686 775
<p>Marty Filipowski
Spectrum Communications
Tel: +61 2 9954 3299

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