Intel fully expects Itanium to accelerate Gulf e-business

Intel sees its new Itanium chip as the key to developing e-business in the region, citing the chip’s ability to generate fast, secure transactions at a low cost.

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By  Robin Duff Published  June 3, 2001

Intel Middle East and Africa’s general manager Gilbert Lacroix has described the company’s latest Itanium chip as the key to developing e-business in the region, citing the chip’s ability to generate fast, secure transactions at a low cost as the principle reason.

“The price of big servers will go down and they will be more affordable, which means more capacity, more power and better Internet access,” said Lacroix. “Such a standard, powerful processor will help Middle East states get integrated into the new Internet based global economy.”

Several large organisations in the Middle East are expected to shift to Itanium-based servers soon.

“The lack of speed and reliability in security are the main roadblocks to large-scale adoption of e-commerce,” said Lacroix. “Intel’s Itanium architecture delivers the performance to enable (large scale) and protected e-business transactions.”

The 800MHz version of the chip can process 10 times as many secure transactions in the same time as existing proprietary processors. According to Intel, about 25 computer makers plan to introduce 35 Itanium-based server and workstation models this year.

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