Hewlett-Packard Taiwan Ltd (惠普科技) yesterday unveiled eight models of HP ProLiant quad-core servers with built-in Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD, 美商超微半導體) Opteron processors. HP said it expected their sales to exceed those of dual-core servers this year.
“With the release of eight models today, HP wanted to send the message to x86 supporters that the quad-core era has come, and HP is ready,” Terence Liao (廖仁祥), general manager of HP’s technology solutions group, told a press conference.
Liao said dual-core servers accounted for 90 percent of HP’s server sales last year, while quad-core only accounted for 10 percent. But he predicted that quad-core would likely see a growth of more than 50 percent this year, as central processing unit (CPU) firms are driving the trend and demand for quad-core servers is growing.
HP attributed its success in the large-enterprise market to the trends in server CPU virtualization and growing awareness on energy saving.
“HP’s strategy is to download our medium to large-sized computers’ VSE software to x86, which we call insight-Dynamics. This is what has led to HP’s success in recent years,” Liao said.
As the strong performance of x86 CPU is favored among small and medium-sized enterprises, HP has launched a few efficent, reasonably priced models to fit their needs.
Neal Wang (王伯寧), senior marketing manager of AMD, said HP is an important partner for AMD and the two companies have been collaborating for 12 years.
Wang said the popularity of AMD Opteron is due to its outstanding performance, optimized virtualization, investment protection and power efficiency.
HP had a 34 percent share of Taiwan’s x86 market last year.
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