The shift to cloud computing has seen a boom in server development and market. However, Intel owns 98% of that market which means lack of innovation due to negligible competition.
To enhance cloud computing experience, new entrants must be brought to the market. And that is Intel and Qualcomm come together with Qualcomm wanting a part of the cloud server industry and Microsoft wants a better architecture for their Azure.
Although the two companies have been trying out the ARM-based servers for many years, it is only now that a formal partnership has been announced. It is speculated that this will cause the development of a new line of hardware and software systems for the server market.
Qualcomm has announced their new Windows-based server, the Centriq 2400, and have held a public demonstration. They have also submitted the design to the OCP. Based on Microsoft’s Project Olympus, the Centriq 2400 will be mated to the latest and most advanced memory and network peripherals do deliver faster computing. The new board will fit into 1U server racks and can be paired to compute accelerators, multi-host network interface controllers and latest storage technologies to tailor it for specific workloads.
Microsoft has been evaluating the ARM-based servers for some time now, comparing it to their current Intel-based servers.
High Instruction per Cycle counts, high core and thread counts, the connectivity options, and the integration that we see across the ARM ecosystem [are] very exciting.
said Leendert van Doom, one of Microsoft’s Distinguished Engineer, regarding the ARM-based server architecture.
Microsoft wants to obtain the most cost effective way to handle its cloud operations and that is why is willing to collaborate with Qualcomm on this new project. Intel does have almost the entire server market and so isn’t the cheapest.