Just when you thought it was safe to try to use all that spare computing power your Intel servers have laying around comes word that Intel’s Xeon processor (code named: Sandy Bridge) has been engineered to increase server performance ---- by up to a whopping 80%. You read that right. But this perky fellow doesn’t stop there. Sandy Bridge is also engineered to improves energy efficiency -- by up to 50%! Those are amazing specifications – if they can hold-up to the rigors of the real world. Intel’s marketing and introductory documentation materials make a strong case for this new puppy. Timing couldn’t be better – market research seems to indicate that a lot of those welded-shut wallets that CIOs and IT Managers have been sitting on for the past 3 or 4 years are slowly opening. And with 3 or 4 years’ worth of pent-up demand for new hardware coupled with, what, only a 50, or 60, or 80% increase in server performance means added urgency for server consolidation and virtualization projects – not to mention uber-powerful private and hybrid clouds based-on this new, more powerful, more ‘green’ technology! Moore’s Law, lives on! See you next time!