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ARM incumbents are keen to ensure the architecture stays competitive in the datacentre

ARM incumbents are keen to ensure the architecture stays competitive in the datacentre

Red Hat announced this week that its ARM Partner Early Access Programme, launched six months ago with the aim of facilitating partner system designs based on the 64-bit capable ARMv8-A architecture, has completed a critical hardware enablement phase.

The programme aims to deliver a singular operating platform capable of supporting multiple partner-designed systems based on the 64-bit ARMv8-A, which Red Hat said will help drive open standards for 64-bit datacentre architecture. The Linux giant currently participates with other ARM-based server standard initiatives including the Server Base System Architecture (SBSA) specification released by the Cambridge-based firm.

The news this week means the group has successfully incorporated the necessary architectural requirements into the latest version of the development software created by Programme members.

“Since its launch just over six months ago, the Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Programme has achieved two critical goals, driving significant interest and participation from both hardware vendors and independent software vendors as well as the successful completion of the hardware enablement phase,” said Mike Werner, senior director, global technology ecosystems, Red Hat.

“The program is a perfect example of how Red Hat, along with our vast network of partners and ISVs, drives standardization within specific technology segments, with the ultimate goal of delivery of fully tested and certified solutions to the marketplace,” Werner said.

Susan Blocher, vice president, product management and business development of HP’s Moonshot server business said: ““Today, customers are already leveraging the industry-leading HP Moonshot servers with 64-bit ARM technology to improve application performance, drive business innovation and deliver breakthrough datacentre economics. We are committed to working with partners in the Red Hat Partner Early Access Programme to extend the ARM ecosystem and deliver enterprise-ready solutions to address customer challenges.”

ARM Partner Early Access Programme was founded in July last year with support from several ARM ecosystem incumbents including AMD, American Megatrends, Inc., AppliedMicro, ARM, Broadcom, Cavium, Dell, HP and Linaro, but it seems to have gained a much broader following – and now claims about 35 members. That said, while Intel and x86 still dominate the datacentre it is clear ARM-based architecture remain a compelling and potentially competitive option, particularly for the high-density cloud datacentre.