HP, the top seller of servers using x86 processors such as Intel’s Xeon, has followed rival Dell with a decision to retreat from selling models using eight processors. HP believes that forthcoming Xeon chips that employ dual-processing engines, called cores, will be more popular than full-fledged eight-processor machines and for powerful machines, HP steers customers to higher-end servers with as dozens of Intel Itanium processors.

HP, the top seller of servers using x86 processors such as Intel’s Xeon, has followed rival Dell with a decision to retreat from selling models using eight processors. HP believes that forthcoming Xeon chips that employ dual-processing engines, called cores, will be more popular than full-fledged eight-processor machines and for powerful machines, HP steers customers to higher-end servers with as dozens of Intel Itanium processors.