More On M$’s Servery Moving To ARM

“Redmond’s desire, over the next few years, to see the majority of its Bing web search and indexing, Azure cloud platform and database services, online storage, machine learning, and other features, powered by Windows Server on beefy ARM chips.

We found that [ARM servers] provide the most value for our cloud services, specifically our internal cloud applications such as search and indexing, storage, databases, big data and machine learning. These workloads all benefit from high-throughput computing.”
 
See Microsoft: Can’t wait for ARM to power MOST of our cloud data centers! Take that, Intel! Ha! Ha!
I commented earlier on this story but I didn’t know the magnitude of the migration. It’s huge. M$ earns $billions from cloud and web-applications and about half will go to ARM over the next few years. That’s a refreshing “refresh”. It’s about the best tools for the job. It’s also about not having a monopoly in chips for servery. M$ is doing us all a big favour, but then, again, probably M$’s competitors are doing the same so M$ had to compete. It’s all good.

On other ARM-related news, Softbank is selling a large portion of ARM to the Saudis, my old friends from the 1980s… They are diversifying from oil and you can’t get much further from oil than chippery. Going further down the rabbit-hole, I wonder how all the Trumpist Muslim-haters will feel about using M$’s stuff when a Muslim country benefits. Weren’t they going to put “‘Merica First” or something? Who knew life/IT/business “could be so complicated”™?

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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9 Responses to More On M$’s Servery Moving To ARM

  1. Kurkosdr says:

    although they face some risk of prosecution.

    Oh, just some risk of prosecution for driving. No fuss. So… I guess it’s all good for your old friends from the 80s, right?

    In Saudi Arabia, tweeting will get you jailed. In March, Saudi Arabia sentenced journalist Alaa Brinji to five years in prison and an eight-year travel ban for tweets in which he criticized religious authorities and voiced support for the right of women to drive and jailed human rights activists.

    That moment when you realise liberals want posts made by supporters of Trump, AfD and LePen classified as hate speech so they can prosecute people for their opinions and their political affiliation.

    Do I like Trump, AfD and LePen? Not by a long stretch. I just mentioned it to say again: Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.

    PS: Gotta love feminists bending over to Sharia “modesty” rules. That Swedish Prime Minister, after doing her silly anti-Trump photograph, wore a hijab like the good submissive woman she is to meet some Muslim man. LePen refused to do the same. I don’t like her, but I like the fact she is a true feminist (cue Pogson cognitive dissonance)

  2. Grece wrote, “Saudi Arabia does not tolerate public worship by adherents of religions other than Islam.”

    Not so. They don’t allow churches or other “places of worship” but if folks just manage to meet out in the desert at 1000 on a Saturday at a certain coordinate… worship happens combined with fellowship. Saudis do respect “getting away from it all”. Even the King does that sometimes. Ordinary folk get in the family vehicle, drive out somewhere and have a picnic in peace and quiet. Foreigners are restricted to the city where they work but there’s no problem at all going out a few miles. We did that many times when we were living in Saudi.

  3. Grece says:

    Pogson is a feminist, feminist’s are not welcome in Saudia Arabia, hence Robert Pogson would not be welcome in Saudi Arabia.

    In Saudi Arabia, tweeting will get you jailed. In March, Saudi Arabia sentenced journalist Alaa Brinji to five years in prison and an eight-year travel ban for tweets in which he criticized religious authorities and voiced support for the right of women to drive and jailed human rights activists.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-journalist-sentenced-to-5-years-in-prison-for-tweets-ridiculing-islamic-religious-a6953266.html

    Also, Saudi Arabia does not tolerate public worship by adherents of religions other than Islam.

    https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/saudi-arabia

    So while the rest of the world gives Islam and Muslims room to grow in their country, Saudi Arabia refuses to condone such religious activity.

    But more on topic, since Pogson “the Islam lover” brought up the subject, Micrsoft is a one big failure in cloud services.

    “Guthrie held a retreat with the engineers responsible for building Azure and asked them each to build an app on Azure. It didn’t go well, Guthrie said. Some of them couldn’t use the features that Azure was supposedly offering. Others couldn’t even successfully get signed up for an account, Day reported.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/the-first-time-microsoft-engineers-tried-to-use-its-cloud-they-failed-2016-12

  4. Grece wrote, “Saudis, and Muslims in general all treat their women this way.”

    Nonsense. Women drove unaccompanied during the Gulf War. Women drive today although they face some risk of prosecution. Their husbands are between a rock and a hard place.

    “Prince Alwaleed bin Talal posted a letter Tuesday titled “It is High Time that Saudi Women Started Driving their Cars,” to his Twitter account. Saudi Arabia is the only country where women are not permitted to drive.”

    See http://time.com/4585306/saudi-arabia-prince-alwaleed-bin-talal-women-drive/

    There are Muslims who live outside Saudi Arabia, BTW. Even the women from Saudi Arabia drive cars as a protest against the custom. There isn’t a specific law banning driving. It’s just a custom.

    See also Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive for the inside story.

  5. Wizard Emeritus says:

    “This is true. Saudis, and Muslims in general all treat their women this way.”

    Do they now Dougie?

  6. Grece says:

    Your old friends from the 80s (the Saudis) treat women like crap and don’t even allow them to drive or even travel without custody from a male.

    This is true. Saudis, and Muslims in general all treat their women this way.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtIoIp3U9xw

  7. DrLoser says:

    Going further down the rabbit-hole, I wonder how all the Trumpist Muslim-haters will feel about using M$’s stuff when a Muslim country benefits?

    What sort of an insane non-sequitur is that, Robert? Do you practise this stuff in front of the bathroom mirror every morning?

    Because, if you do, you need a new bathroom mirror. Or possibly even a coach.

    An occasional clue might help.

  8. kurkosdr says:

    my old friends from the 1980s…

    Your old friends from the 80s (the Saudis) treat women like crap and don’t even allow them to drive or even travel without custody from a male.

    Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.

    I wonder how all the Trumpist Muslim-haters will feel about using M$’s stuff when a Muslim country benefits.

    They probably feel that a Salafist, anti-democratic, anti-gender-equality nation like Saudi Arabia gaining financial and technological power with the oil dollars of a western country is a worrying sign, and hence letting Iran slip away some decades ago was a major mistake. If that idiot President back then had started a CIA coup or a war to restore the US-friendly Iran government, the “no war” activists would be annoyed for sure, but the US and the western world, in general, would be in a much better negotiating position with the Saudis.

    PS: Only 25% of ARM was sold, but it is irrelevant. Saudi Arabia could buy the whole of it even if they wanted

  9. Grece says:

    Ahem, the difference is Microsoft has money. You do not, and to date, have not taking possession of ANY ARM board.

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