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Data centers get into application modernization as ARM processors come to servers

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As discussed extensively here on the Enterprise CIO Forum, there is a big wave of application modernization. Much of the discussion of these applications is around the changing models of delivery including cloud and mobile technologies. The client-server era was led by the dominant powers of Microsoft Windows OS and Intel x86 architecture. Cloud and mobile applications are leading examples of a “post PC world.”

With the consumerization of IT, there is a blurring between the mobile space and enterprise technologies. Consumer usage of flash memory technology brought prices down as a precursor to enterprise usage of the technology. It is a classic case of the innovator’s dilemma that a technology starts in a niche and can then erode at an incumbent technology.

Another technology that is looking to make the jump from mobile consumer use to enterprise is the ARM processor. This week, HP made an announcement that it is creating a server development platform (HP Redstone), a test and development lab (HP Discovery Lab) and a partner ecosystem (HP Pathfinder, starting with Canonical, RedHat, Calxeda, AMD and ARM). HP is still partnering closely with Intel, this move is about future applications and where the path for data centers and cloud providers to deliver lower power and lower cost solutions.

Michelle Bailey of IDC participated in a live video conversation with Wikibon and SiliconAngle to discuss HP’s “Project Moonshot”. [See the full interview with Michelle here: http://siliconangle.tv/video/cube-hp-moonshot-michelle-bailey ]

Michelle stated that ARM will be important for applications that are IO or memory constrained. There is a new revolution in application development that can leverage parallel types of technologies. Perfect storm of a change in application development with a change in the systems could lead to a very different data center than what we see today. A lot of mobile applications are written on ARM, which would allow portability to servers based on ARM. Customers that want new applications such as Hadoop may want to consider these new architectures.

 

As Dave Vellante of Wikibon states at the end of the interview, “The application is a where the innovation is.” While a new processor with low power is interesting technology, it is what business can deliver based on the new platforms that will drive innovation, revenue and growth. Data center solutions can potentially get a boost with these new architectures, giving CIOs additional options for new application development.

 

Full list of Wikibon and SiliconAngle videos and articles from HP’s Project Moonshot: http://wikibon.org/wiki/v/HP_Project_Moonshot

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