Our previous story on Intel's RISC aspirations raised the question of whether x86 was ready to finally move into that upper echelon dominated by RISC-based systems.
The feeling, shared by OEMs and reader feedback alike, is that the chip is not the issue; it's everything around it. A server is more than a CPU, after all, and the infrastructure around it is where the real make-or-break can be found.
With the popular reaction to the story, this begged us to ask: What Does x86 Need to Compete With RISC?">What does x86, particularly Intel's Xeon 7000 line, need to compete in the world of mission-critical computing that RISC still owns?
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