Itanium Followup

My previous blog entry decried the failed predictions of the future of Itanium. It has been almost two years since - and nothing has changed. The reports of Itanium's success have been greatly exaggerated. Instead of the "industry standard"[1] status which has been repeatedly claimed, the number of Itanium systems shipped has never exceeded 9,000 per quarter, and one vendor makes up 90% of that "volume." That peak was in the last quarter of 2004 - just after my previous blog. I guess I demoralized them. :-)

Further, Itanium shipments have only exceeded 0.5% (yes, "one-half of one percent") of the number of servers sold in one year, and that was in 2004. I think I can safely leave this topic behind and move on to more fruitful discourse.


1. http://tinyurl.com/nu9pa
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/01/itanic_q1_gartner/
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