New Multicores Could Create Licensing Issues

Friday Apr 2nd 2010 by Ainsley Jones
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Newfangled multicore chips from AMD and Intel may be too good to be true when it comes to server software licensing programs.

The recent addition of eight- and 12-core chips from AMD and Intel appears to be a continuance of the arms race between the two companies and on the verge of changing the face of virtualization, says Rob Enderle at IT Business Edge.

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.

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