Microsoft toys with ARM-based chips for Windows Server
Microsoft Corp. is reported to be testing an ARM-based version of Windows Server, according to Bloomberg, which cites unnamed sources familiar with the company’s plans.
If the story is true, it would be an interesting development. The prospect of ARM servers has generated quite a bit of buzz over the last year or so, mainly due to the chip’s energy efficiency in hyperscale data centers. They use a lot less power than Intel Corp’s x86 architecture, and that would translate to big energy savings for anyone operating a data center.
These days, most smartphones and tablet devices are powered by ARM chips (although Intel is trying to change that), but they’ve only just begun to appear in servers. Earlier this month, Hewlett-Packard Co., shipped out two versions of its Moonshot server running ARM – one powered by Applied Micro Systems’ 64-bit X-Gene SoC, and the other by Texas Instruments’ 32-bit ARM SoC.
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