Sinking the ship

In the past I've already made some comments on this blog about Itanium and quotes magazine articles about the importance of Itanium for Microsoft and Windows (and Intel). Recently we see more and more stuff like this: "Itanium sinks again in supercomputers"

Michael Kanellos writes on "The Itanium chip family, which Intel has relegated to high-end servers, has rapidly declined on the Top500 Supercomputer list. In November 2004 the list had 84 computers with Itanium 2 processors. In June 2005, the number shrunk to 79. Now only 46 computers contain Itanium 2 chips, according to the latest list, released Monday. Meanwhile, the number of supercomputers using Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron chips has increased. A total of 55 Opteron-based computers made the list, up from 25 in June. (Opterons were found in just 29 computers on the November 2004 list.)"

What's going on with Itanium (r) 2? According to Intel the IntelĀ® ItaniumĀ® 2 Processor is "... Intel's highest-performing and most reliable server platform, [that] moves you beyond proprietary RISC platforms to help you meet your business-critical computing needs with proven capability and mainframe-class reliability."

What do you think, do we still need Itanium?