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Saturday, February 26, 2005
We recently covered Software Will Determine The Success Of The Cell Processor echoing cringley's view that since processors do not drive applications, one does not find the announcement of a new processor all that simulating. Here's an update with missing piece of information governing IBM's strategy. IBM's Cell workstation (9 nanometer) prototypes are running both SUSE Linux and IBM's own AIX and represent IBM's post-Lenovo micro strategy – performance comparable to xeon processors - the dell price for xeon processors is 3000$ as against IBM’s 1000$. The IBM hardware strategy is to sell a box that contains no Microsoft code at all, and so requires no license payments to Microsoft and possibly no license payments to ANY company, including Intel. Any CIO / home user facing the forced upgrading of half or more of your PC-installed base immediately and probably the other half a year later, the opportunity to move away from Microsoft and toward IBM while saving money at the same time has to be compelling.
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