Arm announced a series of milestones that set the stage for a new push in the server processor market.
The company revealed this week that Microsoft Azure servers and virtual machines arm-based amp powered processors now adhere to SystemReady standards.
In effect, this means that software also built to the same specifications is guaranteed to work as expected in Arm-based Azure. cloud environments, an important consideration for development teams.
Arm takes over the server market
Traditionally, Arm-based processors are mostly found in smartphones and IoT devices, due to the high power-to-performance ratio they offer. Meanwhile, the server and workplace market was dominated by Intel’s x86 architecture.
However, Arm has recently started making its way into the data center with its Neoverse platform, which now underpins a host of performance-centric chips.
Cloud providers like AWS and Alibaba have also discovered the performance benefits of developing their own ARM-based custom silicon, instead of relying solely on x86-based Intel Xeon and AMD EPYC processors. There are evidence to suggest companies like Microsoft and Meta will soon follow.
Omdia’s latest data shows that Arm-based processors are currently found in around 5% of servers, but the company expects to make significant progress in the coming years as the heavy investment begins to pay off.
Talk to Tech Radar Pro At MWC 2022 earlier this year, Chris Bergey, the company’s SVP Infrastructure, explained why the company is so well positioned to accelerate in the server space.
“With Arm, cloud providers are discovering that they can get more compute because they can fit more cores into a power envelope. And we’re just the tip of the iceberg,” he told us. -he says.
“It’s a kind of ‘show me’ market. If you have the performance and the value proposition, companies have a strong incentive to consider alternatives – and the market share will take care of itself.
One of the few remaining stumbling blocks for Arm is software support, an issue that SystemReady standards are designed to address.
With Microsoft becoming the first major cloud provider to adopt the new set of certifications, first introduced in 2020, Arm hopes the rest will now be in line.
Through the register