AMD Opteron Processor Upgrade Program
AMD announced a global AMD Opteron Upgrade Program which offers partners and customers another cost-effective way to benefit from the performance and efficiency of AMD Opteron processor technology.
The program includes 2000 series and 8000 series dual-core and Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors along with the upcoming six-core processor codenamed "Istanbul". Channel partners and customers can receive up to a 35% discount in price by upgrading the generation of their AMD Opteron processor, providing a fast upgrade path to improve performance and energy efficiency within the data center without needing to replace and buy entirely new systems.
"AMD Opteron processors have always provided exceptionally long life cycles and consistent platforms," said John Fruehe, director, Business Development, AMD. "In the current economic environment customers are trying to stretch their IT budgets and to extend the life of their technology investments more than ever, all while improving performance and energy efficiency. This program offers a unique value to our partners and customers, particularly when you consider the enhancements to the 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor and upcoming six-core 'Istanbul' processor."
The launch of the AMD Opteron Upgrade Program comes at a time when computer users worldwide are looking for new ways to improve their efficiency, while at the same time trying to save on the costs that are related to the adoption of the new technology. Thanks to this program, business users will not only be able to take advantage of the easy upgrade features of the AMD Opteron platforms, but also save on the money they'd be required to spend on this process. Cluster and system builders like Rackable Systems and Cray are already seeing immense benefit from this program, with an increased demand for fast and seamless upgrades in the data center that can yield significant performance gains.