The Smaller Business StoryBy Jessica Davis | Print
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."
"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."