But it's not helping that the field of ARM server chip makers is narrowing, Norrod said.
Late last year, ARM server pioneer Calxeda folded operations and earlier this year Nvidia scrapped server chip plans. Samsung has also abandoned ARM server chip development, which was revealed in June by enthusiast Web site SemiAccurate.
The early adoption of ARM servers will be concentrated on a narrow set of hyperscale server buyers, but x86 chip makers are also aggressively chasing those customers, Norrod said.
Nevertheless, Dell will offer ARM servers when it senses a viable commercial opportunity, Norrod said.
"We're continuing to play close attention to it. We're moderating end customer interest. We'll continue to stay engaged with the ARM ecosystem ... in time for end customer adoption," Norrod said.
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