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Bamboo Systems 2021 Predictions: 2021 is the Year Arm Goes Mainstream

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2021 is the Year Arm Goes Mainstream

By Tony Craythorne, CEO, Bamboo Systems

The trend we at Bamboo Systems see as we head into 2021, is one that began to gain momentum this year. Arm is going mainstream. Some examples include NVDIA's acquisition of Arm Holdings, and the significant moves in the Arm market with announcements from Apple, Microsoft, and AWS over the course of 2020. The increasing amount with which we see the words Arm and data center in the same sentence, means it is time to pay attention.

2021 will be the year that the tech industry embraces Arm as a legitimate alternative to Intel for the data center. While it is true that Arm has dominated the embedded and mobile markets for years, the heightened and ongoing conversations about Arm highlights the technology's penetration into the enterprise data center. 

Arm servers will continue to gain in popularity because of their power, sustainability and the cost savings they create. Modern software design and data centers need high throughput, low power consumption, high density computing platforms. Arm servers provide this and can run any open source software that x86 servers can. The fact of the matter is Arm servers do it better and more cost-effectively. There is a real energy conservation story here too as Arm delivers more I/O bandwidth and memory per CPU for a massive reduction in power consumption and generated heat. The result is more compute density, yet at a lower cost. 

At Bamboo, we're quite bullish about Arm and predict Arm servers will gain mainstream adoption quickly, likely within the next 5 years. We know and that whatever company(ies) dominates the Arm server market will become industry-defining.


About the Author

Tony Craythorne 

Tony brings over 25 years of experience leading high growth companies in the USA, Europe and Asia. Most recently he was Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales at Komprise where he built a new sales strategy, new sales team, channel strategy and lead gen leading to record revenues with $ millions of growth YOY. Prior to Komprise he held senior management positions at a number of companies including Nexsan, Brocade, Hitachi Data Systems, Nexgen (acquired by Pivot 3), Bell Micro and Connected Data.

Published Tuesday, January 05, 2021 8:01 AM by David Marshall
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