How many new servers?
Blizzard have apparently ordered 1500 Opteron servers, said to be specifically for World of Warcraft. The news, from Rahul Sood, the President of Voodoo PC, suggests that rumours on the re-making of Blizzard's next online game, Diablo 3 are even more likely.
"There was an interesting rumor I heard that Blizzard finally bit the bullet and purchased a whack of new servers to upgrade their Battlenet system. I am not one to write about rumors unless I feel it is pretty accurate."
It appears that Blizzard may have reacted to the wide scale critisisms from the WOW community, gamers have been reporting 'horrible lag' on World of Warcraft servers for some time.These new servers, based on AMD Opteron 64 technology may just do the trick.
You can read more on this story and other little nuggets of info on Rahul's blog.
Jolt online gaming have been using Opteron servers since 2003, they are designed for use in the demanding environment of online gaming. This move will allow Blizzard to run more gaming servers with improved performance.