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Thursday, 27 October 2011 13:12

HP shifts to Arm chips in its servers

Written by Nick Farell

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It has the horsepower now

HP has said that it will start shipping servers with low-power Arm processors. The chips have been built by the 14-month-old startup Calxeda, which has designed a brand new server design by building its own variation of the low-power ARM microprocessor.

It is one of the the first times that ARM chips have made it to the in the data centre. Calxeda has stuffed 120 of its chips into a single 3.5 inch high server case.

But big data centers are mostly the kingdom of Intel-based systems so it is unlikely that Calxeda will be able to get anyone to replace them. However it could attract builders of new data centres.

Calxeda knows it is going to be hell on toast giving Intel a kicking. The outfit originally called itself Smooth-Stone, a reference to the biblical David-and-Goliath story.

Calexa is to host a product news event on Nov. 1 in Palo Alto, California and that is when we expect HP to be formally pointed out as a key partner.


Nick Farell

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0 #1 nforce4max 2011-10-27 14:54
This is a smart move given the cost of running a large data center in the long run such as power and cooling. Power and cooling are the largest costs of normal data center day to day operations. So given the low power consumption and low heat of the arm cpu this won't take long before it start attracting buyers that are concerned with costs and efficiency especially when machines are mostly under low load through out the day.
 
 
0 #2 Jaberwocky 2011-10-27 18:28
Intel and AMD , watch out, they're coming to get you.

First it was phones, then pads , now possibly data center's. Where next for ARM ? -
Desktop PC's ?
 
 
-1 #3 bbo320 2011-10-27 19:37
HP has been making a lot of mistakes lately...
 
 
0 #4 nforce4max 2011-10-27 22:04
Quoting Jaberwocky:
Intel and AMD , watch out, they're coming to get you.

First it was phones, then pads , now possibly data center's. Where next for ARM ? -
Desktop PC's ?


There is going to be a lot of low end arm pc-s running win 8 before to long that are marketed for mainly web browsing and office work.
 
 
0 #5 fteoath64 2011-10-28 09:42
Promising 1/10th the power consumption, HALF the price and same performance as a rack of conventional servers, these are giving a new value proposition nobody else is offering. Considering the ability to scale in size/dimension, they will offer a better value for a longer time. Just calculate the TCO, companies will be real dumb for not looking into these.
 

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