The core war could also upset the licensing cart of key vendors. According to Computerworld, the recently announced chips will make Microsoft's server software licensing program look like a good deal in theory. However, it is only valuable if the software keeps pace with the hardware. VMware's licensing could face similar problems if policy changes aren't made, says SearchDataCenter.com.
Newfangled multicore chips from AMD and Intel may be too good to be true when it comes to server software licensing programs.