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Intel, Industry Leaders 'Challenge' the Global 500

  • 11 December, 2003 13:44

<p>News Release</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia, 11th December 2003 - With its Intel® Itanium® 2 processor boasting record-setting performance, several operating systems and the availability of 1,000 applications, Intel Corporation is challenging companies to compare Intel Itanium 2-based servers head-to-head against proprietary systems during a free trial period that is part of a new "try-and-buy" program.</p>
<p>Called "The Intel Itanium 2 Solution Challenge," the worldwide effort kicks off this week and targets Global 500 corporate customers who are current users of RISC-based computers. The Challenge will run through the summer, and is being mounted in conjunction with a score of leading system and solution providers. Qualified customers will have access to Itanium 2-based systems and services for up to 90 days to evaluate the results.</p>
<p>Intel is working on the program with a number of original equipment manufacturers, including HP, IBM, LangChao, Lenovo, NEC, Samsung, SGI, and Unisys, as well as regional system builders. Intel will also work with a number of companies which supply software for Itanium 2, such as BEA, i2, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and SAS, as well as such system integrators as Avanade and Unisys. Industry partners can recommend end-user customers for the Challenge.</p>
<p>"We are bullish on the Itanium 2 processor's performance and price advantage versus proprietary offerings," said Lisa Graff, director of Intel's Itanium Group. "Intel, along with our industry partners, wants CIOs to experience the difference an Itanium 2 architecture-based server can make."</p>
<p>In the past year, the mix of customers buying Itanium-based systems has evolved from high-performance/scientific users to enterprise customers. Currently, 14 of the top 25 Global 500 companies have deployed or are evaluating the architecture.</p>
<p>The Itanium 2 processor is broadly deployed in commercial enterprise installations, including Bell Canada, CBS Broadcasting, CFE, ChevronTexaco, CitiStreet, CNA, CompUSA, Cox Communications, Eckerd Drug, The First American Company, First Trust, Fortis Health, Fuji Film, ING, Jet Blue Airways, Metro AG, Raymond James, Sabre Holdings, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, Van Heusen and Wells Fargo.</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>OEM participation and terms vary by company. Please check with your company's representative for details.
Intel, the Intel logo, and Itanium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.
* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.</p>
<p>For more information please contact:</p>
<p>Amanda Wallace or Debbie Sassine
Spectrum Communications
Tel: (02) 9954 3299
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<p>Quote Sheet</p>
<p>"In partnership with Intel, Unisys has been able to meet the growing customer demand for power and speed at a lower cost," said Chander Khanna, vice president platform marketing, Unisys Corporation. "Organisations like Sage Telecom are choosing Unisys ES7000 servers equipped with Intel Itanium 2 processors for mission critical database and application hosting to take advantage of the many benefits of building an infrastructure based on standardised technologies."</p>
<p>"With the initial success of SGI's Altix product, we have been pleased to see many early customers demonstrating the superior capabilities and price-performance of our Itanium 2 Linux solutions in production environments," said Dave Parry, senior vice president at SGI. "SGI is pleased to participate in this new program and enable more customers to see this for themselves."</p>
<p>"We are committed to supporting our customer's choice as they seek systems to run their enterprise workloads," said Doug Oathout, director IBM eServer products. "The Itanium 2 processor complements IBM's enterprise x-architecture, which is based on proven mainframe technology."</p>
<p>"The Intel Itanium Challenge represents a one-of-a-kind opportunity for showcasing the performance advantages of Itanium-based servers," said Larry Sheffield, senior vice president at NEC Solutions America. "By providing customers with a low-risk program for evaluating Itanium-based servers in their own IT environments, Intel has created a truly compelling way to underscore all the technological and business benefits of these systems."</p>
<p>"Adoption of HP Integrity systems has grown steadily as customers deploy the servers for greater performance, scalability, higher availability, lower cost of ownership and multi-OS support," said Rudi Schmickl, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Storage and Servers, HP EMEA. "HP views the Itanium 2 Processor Challenge as the ideal way to enable even more customers to experience the benefits of Itanium 2-based servers and help give them the support needed to architect optimal solutions."</p>

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