Today's IT departments face a multitude of challenges and impending changes. Some of these involve:
New multi-core processor offerings
Emerging processor virtualization technologies
New storage virtualization technologies
Continually morphing security threats
Open source programming offerings
Utility (Grid) computing
Increasing power and energy costs
External Corporate Social Responsibility Expectations
This series provides a brief overview of many IT considerations for these transitions that IT professionals may find useful in inevitable senior management discussions.
Birth of the Microprocessor
On Nov. 15, 1971, Intel ® Corp. announced a new integrated circuit, the Intel 4004 – now generally considered the world’s first general purpose microprocessor. The significance of this announcement was widely overlooked at the time since, in part, it was largely regarded as a natural consequence of Moore’s Law, the then-annual doubling of integrated circuit transistors. Microprocessors were certainly going to happen someday, just when, no one seemed to know.
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