Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Nov 2012 22:24 UTC
AMD "Advanced Micro Devices has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to explore options, which could include a potential sale, as the chipmaker struggles to find a role in an industry increasingly focused on mobile and away from traditional PCs, according to three sources familiar with the situation." Woah. Bad news for competition in the x86 space.
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AMD + Sun
by TechGeek on Wed 14th Nov 2012 05:51 UTC
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AMD and Sun should have merged and gone into business selling ARM based hardware for the enterprise. Its only a matter of time before ARM starts making in roads in the business world.

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RE: AMD + Sun
by ze_jerkface on Wed 14th Nov 2012 17:14 in reply to "AMD + Sun"
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Enterprise would prefer all servers to be x86 which is a big reason why Sun went tits up.

There are enough problems as it is with software fragmentation, tossing ARM into the mix only compounds it.

As I have said before server hardware is a solved problem. A $200 quad core cpu is a solved problem. It's peanuts in cost compared to software and administration. Big corps don't even look at the price of the cpu, they hand a company like Dell a blank check when it's time to upgrade.

Edited 2012-11-14 17:16 UTC

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RE[2]: AMD + Sun
by TechGeek on Wed 14th Nov 2012 18:53 in reply to "RE: AMD + Sun"
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Actually, where I see interest in the enterprise for ARM is in the "Just enough hardware" segment. Sure a quad core is cheap. But a room full of them draws a lot of power and requires a lot of cooling. There are plenty of cases where a server is needed but anything x86 you would buy is likely overkill. I don't see ARM replacing x86, but supplementing it.

Edited 2012-11-14 19:01 UTC

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