By: Forbes Real Time
August 28, 2013 at 10:41 AM EDT
ARM-Based Processors In Storage Servers: Why Would Anyone Do That?
If you’re listening to ’s CEO Pat Gelsinger at VMWorld yesterday, the question of whether ARM-based processors might fit well into storage servers boils down to a straight-up processor performance and driver compatibility issue. As reported yesterday, Gelsinger reportedly says, “Even if you reduced the power consumption of ARM CPUs to zero,” x86 will still win". First, is that true, and second, what are we talking about? Why do storage servers need processors with big Xeon x86 cores (called “brawny” cores by those who really like them) or with smaller Atom x86 or ARM cores (called “wimpy” cores by those same folks)? I'll give you the short version here, but if you want the deep dive, we have penned a research note with performance and scalability benchmarks here. Let me provide some background first.
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