ARM, the company that licenses low-power chip architecture to multiple companies, especially in the mobile phone market, is making a move into the networking and server areas of the data center. At the recent Open Compute Summit, Data Center Knowledge spoke with Lakshmi Mandyam, Director, Server Systems & Ecosystems, ARM, about ARM’s history and its future. More details after the jump. The video runs 4:14 minutes.
At the event, ARM announced the collaborative development and immediate availability of a platform standard for ARMv8-A based (64-bit) servers, known as the ARM ‘Server Base System Architecture’ (SBSA) specification. ARM worked with many vendors in this effort, including Canonical, Citrix, Linaro, Microsoft, Red Hat and SUSE, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) including Dell and HP along with a broad set of silicon partners.
This specification provides a framework for the deployment of ARM architecture-based solutions in data center applications, and it will help accelerate software development and enable portability between ARM-based platforms. Data centers need standards-based software and hardware offerings to ensure ease of deployment and manageability.