It looks like a few things happened while I was away. My only interaction with the Zotob worm was reading about it in a newspaper, that ancient, virus-free form of communication. And you can bet I liked it that way. But to me, the real news du jour continues to be AMD's and Intel's efforts at one-upsmanship in the server processor arena. My colleague Jennifer Bosavage was, of course, right on about the implications of Intel's dual-core moves last week (and many thanks to Jen for the great pinch-hitting), but this week adds on the speed and performance wars. Moore's Law is still not failing us in the server space: Intel is looking to get performance out of its new Xeons that can more than triple the loads it can handle in a given time, and AMD is pushing the limits of the Opteron just as hard.
Unlike their legal battles or other skirmishes, though, this is news you can use, especially if you're running a large data center. It's kind of like owning a DVD player that breaks -- why get it fixed when it's cheaper and easier to just get a newer, better model? Similarly, with those kinds of gains in chip performance, administrators are gong to have less incentive to tweak the odds and ends of their network and server setups; when you can get that much more right at the chip level, why bother? Throw in multi-cores, and CIOs and server admins are likely going to be looking at a Golden Age of efficient, widely distributed data center performance. Start saving those capital budget pennies now.