SGI introduces Itanium-based blade servers

I just read about a new server move from SGI that is definitely ironic when you consider the fact that SGI was once a sworn enemy of the Wintel alliance, but since Linux has undercut its high-end workstation business SGI is now one of the growing number of former tech heavyweights looking to re-invent itself. The news is that SGI is going to bring to market a line of Itanium-based blade servers during Q1 of 2006. That's a lot power in small package. The price tag will probably limit these to niche markets only, but they could help lift the listlessness of Itanium. Apparently, HP plans to market some Itanium blades as well.