Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Apr 2010 18:29 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Windows Ah, Intel's IA-64 architecture. More commonly known as Itanium, it can probably be seen as a market failure by now. Intel consistently failed to deliver promised updates, and clock speeds have lagged behind. Regular x86-64 processors have already overtaken Itanium, and now Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2008 R2 is the last version of Windows to support the architecture.
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RE: Sad
by mtilsted on Mon 5th Apr 2010 21:06 UTC in reply to "Sad"
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I really think it died* due to being bad/expensive hardware. There were no time during the Itaniums lifetime that it gave a better price/performance ratio for any 1P/2P servers (Which is >95% of all servers).

I mean Linux did have some good support for Itanium, but there were no reason to move any linux servers to Itanium even if all the software were supported. (And most servers just need apache/php,java,MySql/PostgreSQL which do run fine on Itanium).

So no it was not just lag of software. Even people with full software support did not move.

*Insert Monty Pyton Perrot joke here

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