Stories by Tom Krazit and Robert McMillan

HP fires Blackmore, other sales executives

HP fired three major sales executives last week, including former server group head, Peter Blackmore, in a management shakeup following a disappointing quarter for HP's server division.

Windows for Opteron beta doesn't support Nocona

Customers can now purchase workstations using Intel's Nocona Xeon processor, with 64-bit extensions to the x86 instruction set, but they can't run the beta 64-bit version of Windows designed for those extensions on the new workstations.

Opteron customers show AMD in new light

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has gone from an after thought among server customers to the darling of the enterprise world in just a year. The company's Opteron chip has opened doors of corporate server rooms for AMD, and many enterprises are flirting with the new kid on the block.

HP's Integrity leads Madison charge

HP, IBM and Dell will lead the charge in a cavalcade of new high-performance systems announcements this week that will accompany Intel's public unveiling of the third generation of its 64-bit Itanium processor, code-named Madison.

Intel looks to Madison for Itanium boost

If the third time really is the charm, then Intel and its hardware partners are set to reap the benefits of Madison, the third generation of the 64-bit Itanium processor family expected to be announced on Monday.