[From Microsoft Corp.
REDMOND, Wash. -- July 26, 2004 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced it would add support for the AMD Opteron (TM) with Direct Connect Architecture in Microsoft. SQL Server (TM) 2005, the next generation of Microsoft's flagship database product. The enhanced functionality provides customers and partners with simultaneous high-performance 32- and 64-bit computing, which gives them the technical and business flexibility to solve their unique problems in a way that best meets their needs. In addition, it supplies customers with a compelling and cost-effective alternative to UNIX-based solutions through 64-bit capabilities that deliver both high scalability and lower cost of ownership. By introducing AMD Extended System architecture in SQL Server 2005, Microsoft is adding a new offering complementing the high-performance 64-bit Intel Itanium support in SQL Server 2000.
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