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Lenovo building its first prototype ARM server

Agam Shah | Feb. 18, 2015
There's a growing interest in developing ARM servers as a power-efficient alternative to systems based on Intel's processors: Lenovo is the latest hardware vendor to test the concept with a prototype system.

"It's going to make the server environment more competitive, that's what everyone is waiting for," McGregor said. "It's just a question of how long it's going to take."

The market for ARM in the enterprise will only take off when the ecosystem that rides on it is built, Lenovo's Augustine said. OS, hypervisors, compilers, performance optimizers, file systems, and the like are just starting to be put in place, he said.

Many Linux applications are already compatible with ARM server chips, and Oracle's Java supports the architecture. Microsoft is rumored to be building a version of Windows Server for ARM processors.

 

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