Highlights of exclusive InformationWeek Analytics research as it appears in "State Of Server Technology 2010," our report evaluating changes in the server market motivated by the push to consolidate data center systems, get power and cooling costs under control and make the most of the cloud.
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The battle between the x86 giants rages on, spurred by the March entries of Intel's Nehelam EX (Xeon) and AMD's Magny-Cours (Opteron). Still, many server buyers remain processor-vendor-neutral; more than one-third of survey respondents told us, given equal price/performance, they'd buy either AMD or Intel or the processor wouldn't even factor into their decision. Nearly another third said, price/performance being equal, they'd go with Intel, vs. only 5% who said the same about AMD. Nearly a quarter said they'd go with Intel no matter what, vs. only 1% who expressed similar loyalty to AMD.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.