Illuminata: Last week must have been slow for news. Either that, or the opportunity to Itanium-bash is just so irresistible that otherwise reliable writers jump on rumors that just aren’t credible or stories that strain the definition of newsworthiness.
In the latter category is last week’s hoopla about Dell “dropping” Itanium. See, for example, here and here. Much like IBM’s decision not to support Itanium with its X3 chipset (Subscribers, see our Xeon Zips With X3), Dell’s decision merely reflects what’s long been a reality. Dell is no more a fit with Itanium’s current positioning as a high-end “RISC and mainframe replacement” that customized x86 Big Iron would be. Dell once dabbled in the high-end—the better to be an “enterprise” provider—by doing things like reselling Unisys ES 7000s for a time. But today’s Dell is laser-focused on high volume.
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