Never has this been more evident than at the recent ARM TechCon, a defining event for the future of private and public cloud devices. It was there that myriad pieces of a new breed of cloud server came together. Software and hardware vendors spoke out in support of the AppliedMicro X-Gene™ Server on a Chip™ platform, the first implementation of the ARMv8 64-bit architecture. At an event co-hosted by AppliedMicro and ARM, attendees heard plans from Oracle, Red Hat, Citrix and Cloudera to support this revolutionary architecture. Big Data user Morgan Stanley discussed the need for a solution that could address real-world cloud workloads, and expressed how impressed they are with the AppliedMicro X-Gene solution.
At the recent Open Compute Summit it was clear that the industry is ready for change. On the hardware front, we saw Facebook introduce its "Group Hug" common slot architecture. The same day AppliedMicro contributed an ARM powered microserver board specification that fits into the Group Hug common slot architecture, providing the first ARM architecture-based specification to the Open Compute Project. Dell VP and Senior Fellow Jimmy Pike showcased Dell's "Iron" server concept with X-Gene as well as demonstrated an X-Gene based ARM server managed by the Dell DCS Software suite - illustrating real commitment from a resourcing and software ecosystem perspective towards the ARM 64-bit cloud server market and more importantly, towards X-Gene.
With the software pieces in place, a proven design using the ARMv8 64-bit architecture and hardware prototypes in development, 2013 promises to be the year that a purpose-built cloud server solution will become the heart of the data center. With a laser focus on lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) in public and private clouds, the X-Gene platform may just help CIOs across the world accomplish their New Year’s resolutions. It’s going to be a great 2013.
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Michael oversees the corporate marketing team at AppliedMicro and is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of brand management, marketing communications, public relations and industry analyst relations. He joined AppliedMicro in 2006 and has also serves as vice president of human resources, leading the company’s talent, compensation and internal communications functions. He has more than 35 years of experience with human resources and communications-related activities. Previously, Mr. Major was with Silicon Image and Netscape Communications. Mr. Major’s experience includes 20 years consulting to companies on matters relating to human resources and communications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Advanced Human Resources Executive Program.
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