“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”™?