Today we announced the steps Dell is taking to enable the ARM server ecosystem, including that we’ve begun shipping Dell “Copper” ARM servers as part of a Dell seed program. Dell is a recognized industry leader in innovation for the server market: we began testing ARM server technology internally in 2010, and built servers so we could accurately understand the potential advantages.
The ARM server ecosystem is still immature, with a limited software ecosystem and (until now) no ARM-based servers from a tier one OEM. Plus, ARM is currently 32-bit technology, which means current 64-bit code would have to be modified to run on 32-bit, and likely be modified again when 64-bit comes out in the next year or two. So customers have told us they don’t plan to put ARM servers into a production environment, but instead want servers to test and validate in their labs.
To support our customers and enable the ARM ecosystem, we’re taking the following action:
We believe ARM-processor-based infrastructures demonstrate promise for Web front-end and Hadoop environments, where advantages in performance per dollar and performance per watt are critical. And we designed the server specifically for where the market is today, for developers and customers to create code and test performance.
In Data Center Solutions (DCS), we understand that supporting customers and the open source development community will help us all to understand where useful technology can be placed. And the benefits of developer testing and experimentation will extend to the entire server market.
Here's a video where I explain Dell "Copper" ARM servers a bit more:
Watch the product overview video from Christina Tiner, a planner from Dell's Data Center Solutions team:
Learn more about the project here: http://dell.com/armserver. I welcome your thoughts and questions below.
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