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Intel's Nehalem Xeon processor launch is generating excitement among technophiles and virtualization specialists. But Nehalem's virtualization prowess means companies won't need to buy as many physical servers from companies such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

But if you are not a technologist who specializes in virtualization, the Nehalem launch may seem ho-hum.

"We see the Intel Core i7 processors as playing a significant role in the advent of virtualization and cloud initiatives, while still maintaining a focus on power conservation," says Matt Murphy, director of professional services at The I.T. Pros, a managed services provider. "[But] I would say the excitement is more centered around the immediate technology integrators, and less around the business consumers."

The Intel Nehalem EP Xeon launch hadn’t registered on managed services provider Jenaly President MJ Shoer’s radar, either. "I haven’t heard boo about this launch," he says.

When it comes to products he expects will boost sales, Shoer is more excited about the coming Windows 7 launch this year.

"Our testing shows it to be a very fast, efficient and stable operating system, so anyone who has held back on upgrades because of Vista may very well be enticed to take the plunge based on that," Shoer says. "I think it will fuel some activity in the market, but that being said, we haven’t really seen a significant hold back on upgrades in our space because of this. I expect it will only help, and who knows, it may even fuel a faster recovery as it comes to market."

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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