Advanced Micro Devices has gone from an afterthought among server customers to the darling of the enterprise world in just a year. The company's Opteron chip has opened the doors of corporate server rooms for AMD, and many enterprises are flirting with the new kid on the block.
Intel has dominated that block for years, with over 90 percent of the market for IA-32 servers. But Opteron has become an alternative to Intel on IT managers' shopping lists.
Opteron shipments have doubled each quarter since the product was launched, according to research firm IDC. However, with just 35,000 Opteron servers shipping in 2003, Opteron still represents a tiny fraction of the entire 3.26 million-unit IA-32 server market.
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