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Intel uses persistence to push Xeon

Intel is hoping a little persistence will pay off in the server market--and raise the profile of its new Xeon processor.

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Intel is hoping a little persistence will pay off in the server market--and raise the profile of its new Xeon processor.

The chip giant said today that it has invested in application server software maker Persistence Software and will jointly work to develop products that run on Intel-based servers with the San Mateo, California-based company. Financial details were not disclosed.

Under the deal, Intel said it and privately held Persistence will improve the performance and scalability of the Persistence PowerTier application server, which runs on Intel's new Pentium III Xeon based servers. Intel debuted the Xeon chip last month, a higher-powered version of previous Pentium processors with more high-speed cache memory. The new chips run at 500 MHz and 550 MHz.

Persistence and Intel also plan to jointly deliver a version of the PowerTier server that will work with Intel's yet to be released IA-64 processor, code-named Merced.

Intel executives said the company is investing in companies such as Persistence to build support for their platform and to prepare for the scalability demands expected under the next generation of e-commerce applications.

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