AMD chips lose market share, some customers eye Intel

Some customers have cut ties with AMD chips or are eying rival Intel after a big market share drop, but others like the cost-efficient memory and performance that AMD provides.

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Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of Oct. 4-8, 2010.

Customers undecided on AMD chips after market share drop

Because of a large drop in market share, some longtime AMD shops are now hesitant to purchase the Opteron line and are looking at Intel, but other server buyers like the price and performance of AMD chips.

Concerned customers have focused on AMD's most recent 6.5% drop in market share for the previous quarter, which was down from 10.1% from 2009, according to SearchDataCenter.com. Boston Market Corp. System Administrator Eric Siebert said that his company uses AMD chips, and he doesn't see a massive switch from AMD happening anytime soon. However, for the future, Siebert is eyeing rival chip giant Intel because of the speed in which its products reach the market and its advanced features.

There are other shops that think that lower memory costs (in comparison to Intel-based systems) and a higher physical core count are enough for them to stick with AMD.

Citrix XenDesktop 5 accelerates virtual desktop installation

Citrix Systems unveiled XenDesktop 5 at Citrix Synergy 2010 this week, promoting its ability to speed up desktop virtualization implementation and setting the spotlight on new role-based features.

Solution providers can use Citrix Desktop Studio to simplify virtual desktop management and set up new employees in a matter of seconds. The Desktop Director allows providers to monitor, troubleshoot and support virtual desktops for large companies. XenDesktop also includes a new user interface that has Citrix's HDX technology for audio, video and large-file printing.

XenDesktop also works with more than 15,000 third-party products, such as servers and hypervisors. A full list of products can be found at the Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization page.

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