Support for ARM processors is coming to Windows Server

Qualcomm announced today that it's continuing its partnership with Microsoft, bringing "next generation cloud services on its 10 nanometer Qualcomm Centriq 2400 platform." The firm says that the "collaboration will span multiple future generations of hardware, software and systems."

Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies (QDT), the subsidiary of Qualcomm that handles server tech, has been working with Microsoft for years on optimizing a version of Windows Server for internal use on datacenters. Neither company confirmed that this version of Server will be sold to customers, so don't expect your business' next server to use a Centriq 2400.

The Centriq 2400 has 48 Falkor cores, which is QDT's custom ARMv8 CPU. The company's Centriq 2400 Open Motherboard combines that with "the most advanced interfaces for memory, network, and peripherals enabling the OCP community to access and design ARM-based servers for the most common cloud compute workloads."

The Motherboard is based on Microsoft's Project Olympus design, which is the codename for the next generation of Microsoft's cloud hardware. Indeed, while the firms did demo Windows Server running on ARM, the goal here is to support cloud workloads through Azure.

This isn't the first time in recent history that Microsoft and Qualcomm have announced a major collaboration. Back in December, the two companies announced that they will be releasing full Windows 10 support for ARM, beginning with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset.

Source: Qualcomm via ZDNet

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