Dell to demo 64-bit ARM server

Summary:The demo highlights what's possible, but Dell will launch 64-bit ARM servers "when customer and ecosystem readiness are aligned."

Dell will demonstrate a 64-bit ARM server running Fedora as it stumps for its hyperscale data center unit.

The demonstration, which will happen at the ARM TechCon conference, includes chip company AppliedMicro, ARM, PMC and Red Hat.

Dell has been pushing microservers, but primarily focused on 32-bit efforts and longtime partner Intel. Like HP, Dell is eyeing ARM as a way to sell more power-efficient servers, but has been cagey about an actual launch.

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According to Dell, the ARM server ecosystem is still developing, but the company added that 64-bit ARM architectures will deliver power and performance advantages.

The key points:

  • Dell's microserver will run AppliedMicro's 64-bit system on a chip with PMC's 16-port 12Gb/s SAS storage.
  • ARM Holdings is tagging along with Dell as it aims to get more server share and the licensing that goes with it.
  • Dell's ARM efforts are still developing. The company said it is supportive of 64-bit ARM servers to general availability, but didn't provide dates. Dell will launch 64-bit ARM servers "when customer and ecosystem readiness are aligned."

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Topics: Servers, ARM, Data Centers, Dell

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