Sunday, September 02, 2012

ARM Server Chip

Every now and then I get some vision into the future. It may just be like a former director used to say "Even a blind pig finds an acorn now and then."

I was listening to "Speaking in Tech #19" one of my favorite podcasts a couple of weeks ago. The guest was Chad Sakac, Senior Vice President at EMC. He was formerly Vice President VMware Technology Alliance at EMC. Chad was discussing the relationship between VMware and EMC.

Then he said it.
(26:14) There is no question that VMware and EMC share a strategic world view. ... the way that we see the world going and the bets that we are making as a company, ... like yep, the world is x86.
Four weeks. That's how long it was until an ARM server chip was announced.

Now I'm not foolish enough to think that the world will switch to ARM servers as quick as consumer devices are switching from x86 (PCs) to ARM (tablets and phones) but they're coming.

I hope that somewhere deep in the bowels of VMware's labs somebody is working on virtualizing ARM chips for servers.

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