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Apr 20 2010   2:06PM GMT

Report: Oracle to drop AMD servers

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

According to French IT news site LeMagIT, Oracle is about to drop its line of AMD servers, ending the long and close relationship Sun Microsystems has had with the chipmaker. From the story:

According to multiples sources reached by LeMagIT, Opteron servers have disappeared from Oracle’s x86 roadmap and the manufacturer seems decided to embrace an all Intel product line based on Xeon 5600 and Xeon 7500 chips. Even at the high end of its line, Oracle is about to replace its flagship X4640 by a new octo-socket server based on Xeon 7500 CPUs.

AMD refused comment.

The news actually comes as no surprise. Oracle has been mostly quiet regarding future server products for Intel’s latest Xeon chips and AMD’s latest Opteron, and AMD announced a limited number of big OEM partners when unveiling its newest x86 Opteron processor, dubbed Magny Cours.

During a recent interview, Cisco wouldn’t comment on whether it would offer AMD-based servers in the future, but it doesn’t seem like they’ll be doing it soon.

“We’re always evaluating CPUs, and we’re looking at AMD,” said Paul Durzan, Cisco product director. “Intel is very clearly the performance leader, so we’re happy with Intel being our CPU provider.”

That said, two of the biggest x86 server makers, HP and Dell, are selling AMD-based servers. Those two alone account for well over 50% of the x86 server market. Still, it is a blow to AMD when three major server OEMs — IBM, Oracle/Sun and now Cisco — are at best lukewarm to your product.

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