Can you guess how many transistors are in the latest Intel® Itanium® processor family? 3.1 billion. That is the highest number of transistors in any CPU today. That number reflects the complexity of a CPU and thus the capabilities a system can bring to the datacenter environment.
That is not the only reason we are excited about the November 8th launch of the new Itanium. We are excited about the solutions this processor enables and the ecosystem that is supporting it. The Itanium 9500 processor family is THE Mission Critical solution that offers enterprises very high levels of performance, reliability and scalability.
HP – a long standing partner – will be shipping its Integrity systems powered by this new processor. The Integrity class includes a range of products from the high end Superdome to blade solutions to entry class servers that can help the enterprise harness, process and protect the massive amounts of mission critical data. Applications from leading software vendors that manage your company’s CRM, DB and other day-to-day processes that drive revenue and customer satisfaction are run on systems powered by the Itanium processor family.
The Itanium processor family has seen its share of naysayers, but customers around the world continue to use this technology, so much so that it is a $3.2B industry, which is larger than the annual revenue stream of some of organizations. Intel has also announced that the future generations of the Itanium processors starting with Intel Itanium processor codenamed Kittson, will share a common platform with the future Xeon E7 processor family based on Ivy Bridge architecture, including chipsets, interconnects and industry standard memory.
I believe the latest announcement by Intel and the continued product development by HP is proof that Itanium is not dead and that customers continue to rely on standards based solutions to meet their most mission critical needs. I remember writing copy for an Itanium product brief ten years ago (anyone remember “Madison” with 6MB cache?) and am just as excited about Itanium as I was then. And even more excited about what Xeon brings to the mix. Stay tuned for more on this, but in the meantime, enjoy the buzz that Itanium 9500 will bring!