InternetNews writes about the upcoming Exchange 2007 release and it's 64-bit architecture.  This quote from Gartner's John Enck is what got my attention:

"The average server lifecycle is between three to five years, anyway," he said. "By the time you go from one [software] release to the next, your equipment is already pretty long in the tooth, so there's always a hardware refresh cycle that accompanies the software refresh cycle."
Is that so?  I'm not trying to pretend that hardware lasts forever, but does every software upgrade drive hardware?  Not in my world.

Link: Microsoft Rolls the 64-Bit Dice >

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