SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 14, 2004 – Intel Corporation today cut costly red tape for enterprise server OEMs with the formation of a program to precertify server platforms based on Intel® architecture processors with the offerings of major hardware and software vendors.

Currently, server OEMs that want to incorporate the hardware and software offerings must individually submit their new IA-based systems to those vendors for independent certification. The new Intel® Enterprise Server Acceleration Alliance (ESAA) is aimed at removing that hurdle by precertifying Intel-architecture server platforms with participating independent hardware and software vendors (ISVs and IHVs).