Microsoft Ends Support for the Itanium Chip

April 5, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

The Itanium was once considered a very high-end piece of hardware, and many held high hopes for its success in the market – but Microsoft have now taken the decision to stop their support for it. It won’t happen instantaneously, but it will happen eventually.

It all started with a blog post made on Friday by Microsoft, stating that the current version of Windows Server – Windows Server 2008 R2 – will be the last Windows version to support the Itanium chip. The SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010 will likewise be the last database and developer tools to support the chip, too.

According to Dan Reger, this was driven by the fact that 64-bit versions of the standard x86 processors are capable of handling much higher workloads without any additional strain on the system, making them a much more viable choice. It’s still not known how long the whole procedure of halting support will take, but if you’re still using the Itanium on your server hardware, you’d better consider different options.

[ Via CNET ]

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