5 Questions Partners Have For Intel About Spectre And Meltdown Ahead Of Its Q4 Earnings

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What's going on with Intel's faulty patches and what impact will that have on customers?

Intel has worked to issue patches for the Spectre and Meltdown exploits, but the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company last week acknowledged that some companies are reporting reboot issues with both older and newer chips for both client compute and data center after they patched their devices. 

The impacted CPUs included Intel's Broadwell, Haswell, Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake and Kaby Lake platforms. Partners are demanding answers about what Intel's strategy is for issuing patches moving forward – and what kind of performance hit customers who have already issued patches can expect.

"Patching can take a performance hit on what the processors can handle," said Barrett Lamothe, federal sales team lead at MicroAge, a Tempe, Ariz.-based Intel partner. "That downstream affects the virtual machines running on Intel hardware."

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