The System x3950 M2 will be the first to use the X4 chipset, which is designed to address the shortcomings of Intel chipset designs. The third-generation chipset, X3, was introduced in 2005. It was optimized for server consolidation and enterprise application software, and it gave rise to widespread adoption of server virtualization solutions.Read on...
It introduced a new type of technology to address latency called a "snoop filter." Data addresses are usually stored on the cache, right next to the processor, so the CPU can use it again. But if another CPU wanted that data, the machine would literally have to check all of its memory to find the data.
My Take on the general over-heating of the Virtualization market
I am glad to hear from IBM though. I would also want to hear from our friends at AMD. This market space is getting hotter and hotter, by the day. Don't expect it to cool down after VMworld. Now that everyone is waking up to the web and watching what's happening, it is going to get tougher for the existing market leader to keep doing things as usual.
Shipping and Strategic windows: I was talking to a CEO (of a top security firm) recently and we agreed on the fact that we really need to find ways to continuously adapt to the highly adaptive "aspirational markets and consumers". That meaning, the development and strategic windows are already looking way too long., a two year window is suddenly busted by a competitor as he ties up with couple of other vendors to dish out a better , smarter and in some cases "revolutionary solutions". Distributors and resellers are the lower end of the food chain, although they are also closer to the consumer (it may not always remain that way though, web has messed up everything, some would say ;)), but they really need to watch out if firms like VMware go "direct marketing" and "direct selling"!
Media: This market has the attention of the media, and that makes things worse as well. I must say every little fart on the web catches everyone's attention, ok as bloggers we do try to keep you folks informed, but I can understand that not everyone can handle and distill all that information. But the point is that the consumer still watch the market space, they just do these days! But competitors are also getting smarter and faster, just because they know that people ARE watching them now. Some will cash in (get bought) and others have sought to go full ahead!
PS: That's all, for now, I need to make my "Green Data Center" ppt ready. Just upgraded my HP laptop with Vista and reconfigured my ESX Lab, which comprises of a full enterprise class VI3 datacenter (with multiple ESX hosts, HA, DRS, VMotion..you name it, baby!) lab environment for the workshop that I will be giving in two weeks time. I'll also do the demo for the press, if possible ;-), my HP buddies out there are busy getting the press folks warmed up.