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64-bit computing Dell to cut 64-bit costs

Dell's plan to launch Itanium-based products running the Linux operating system later this year could knock nearly a third off...

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Dell's plan to launch Itanium-based products running the Linux operating system later this year could knock nearly a third off the cost of 64-bit servers within the following 12 months, experts have predicted.

Jonathan Eunice, principal analyst at Illuminata, said, "The roll-out of Itanium from a supplier such as Dell could push the cost of machines using 64-bit technology down by at least 20% or 30% within a year.

"Lower-cost 64-bit technology will be particularly useful for users working with high-performance computing and, secondarily, databases."

Dell's Itanium servers will come up against hardware offerings from IBM and Sun, which are already well established in the 64-bit market.

At Dell's enterprise event in New York last week, the company's chief operating officer Kevin Rollins confirmed the company's intention to run Linux on Itanium processors. He said, "We plan this year to have an Itanium 2 product - we are big advocates of Linux today, as well as Microsoft, because it allows customer choice."

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