Will ARM Face a Cold Shoulder in the Data Center?
Over the past couple of years, there has been rising interest in and considerable promotion of servers and appliances based on the ARM microprocessor architecture. At first glance, the narrative makes some sense. ARM’s native performance and energy efficiency, when multiplied across hundreds or thousands of systems, looks effective for supporting certain kinds of workloads common in Web 2.0, social networking and search sites. That is especially the case when ARM silicon is leveraged in concert with innovative fabric technologies, like the Freedom Fabric solutions that AMD acquired when it purchased SeaMicro in 2012.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.