Of course, the ZDNet article is quick to point out that Intel's Itanium isn't really a direct competitor for AMD's Opteron:
Still, Reynolds pointed out that Itanium and Opteron don't directly compete. Itanium is designed to compete with servers containing four or more processors from Sun. These systems typically cost $10,000 to more than $1 million and are used for the most complex computing tasks.I bet you could build a mean Opteron cluster for between $10,000 and $1 million. Thanks to TR regular Thresher for the tip.