SAS, a leader in business intelligence, announced that the SAS Enterprise Intelligence Platform has been optimized to support the new Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processors (formerly codenamed Montecito). This optimization will significantly improve the performance of SAS' leading business intelligence software running on Intel Itanium 2-based systems.

The new Dual-core Intel Itanium-2 processors were designed to handle the compute-intensiveness of business analytics, making it an ideal platform for SAS Enterprise Business Intelligence. "SAS(R)9 leverages the breakthrough capabilities of the new dual-core Intel Itanium 2 processor to deliver the performance and reliability needed to serve our business intelligence customers," said Keith Collins, Chief Technology Officer at SAS. "A solution based on SAS9and the dual-core Intel Itanium 2-based servers brings a comprehensive BI platform to the enterprise, maximizing resources for greater flexibility and lowering operational costs to help drive better decisions faster throughout an organization."

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