News.com's Stephen Shankland has an interview with Pat Gelsinger, the co-leader of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. Gelsinger's other half is Ahbi Talwalker. Last week I posted the audio from my interview of Talwalker which took place during the last week of February at Intel's Santa Clara, CA campus. In Shankland's interview, Gelsinger echoes what Talwalker told me -- that the market's insatiable appetite for x86-based computers has not been a factor in Itanium's success (or lack thereof). The reasoning is that they target different markets. The more I think about it, the more I wonder if they realize how much they're kidding themselves. I'm not alone in this belief. In his e-mail to me, ZDNet reader Evan Wilner wrote:
Mark Hudson, worldwide manager for business critical systems, HP (7/2002): In the longer term, we see it as a two-horse race - us and IBM...
Paul Otellini, president, Intel (6/2002): We will have (Madison) in production next year.....Itanium will be the enterprise architecture for the next decade.
Craig Barrett, CEO, Intel (5/2002) on AMD's Opteron: Well, I don't think it's any threat to the enterprise business. I mean Hammer is nothing more than an address extension off of a standard 32-bit machine. It doesn't have data center class capability. That's what the whole Itanium processor family was built to be. So, I don't look at it as a threat there. I don't know where [AMD CEO] Jerry [Sanders] is positioning the product these days. I mean, he just gave it a new name, Opteron. If it has a home, it has a home in those applications that are not data center applications but where you may need that increased addressability in the short term. But that's a very limited number of applications.