Intel's CEO Paul Otellini said he's incredibly disappointed by Dell's decision to ship some servers with AMD Opteron processors:
"While this is an incredibly disappointing announcement," writes Otellini, "it is not totally surprising. We exist inside of an extremely competitive industry and we have always had to work hard to win every piece of business."
Addressing what some analysts have been calling a "hole" in Intel's roadmap, with regard to multi-processor architecture, Otellini continued, "Certainly the MP niche has been a challenging one for us. On one hand, I am very confident in our new Core microarchitecture and our ability to deliver a strong product roadmap and high quality of support for Dell and its customers such that they desire Intel platforms in the desktop, mobile and dual processor server markets. On the other hand, this is a clear wake up call for us to improve our competitiveness in the MP server segment. It says we cannot take anything for granted. We have to continue to earn our success each and every day."