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SGI first to jump on the Itanium bandwagon

SGI has released the Middle East’s first system developed with the Intel Itanium processor, the “SGI 750 for Linux,” which will be available from the beginning of July.

SGI has released the Middle East’s first system developed with the Intel Itanium processor, the “SGI 750 for Linux,” which will be available from the beginning of July.

The product will initially be targeted at power users in the medical, oil and gas and scientific research sectors. The company also intends to launch Itanium based products specifically designed for e-business, media serving and other industries that demand high performance technology. The product is capable of scaling up to two processors and 16 GB of memory.

“There is increasing demand in the Middle East for both the Linux platform as well as faster, more reliable processing architecture for enterprises,” said Fadi Abi Akl, business development manager for Intel based products, SGI Middle East and North Africa. “SGI and Intel are working together to exceed the expectations of the region’s business users.”

The Aberdeen Group has also projected that the Itanium processor and its successors will control 42% of all server revenue by 2005.

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