VMware throws cold water on porting enterprise apps to ARM

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The future for an ARM-based server seems bright, given the increasing interest in the low-power consumption of servers that run on the ARM processor. At least one major computer maker has already demonstrated its first 64-bit ARM server in late-2013, while chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has also licensed the ARM architecture to produce a line of ARM-based server chips that are scheduled to arrive this year.

In addition, chip maker ARM has finally put together a Server Base System Architecture, or SBSA, that outlines a standard platform for ARM-based servers designed for its new 64-bit ARMv8 SoC (System-on-a-Chip) processors. The SBSA addresses a common complaint over the lack of a common platform for the nascent ARM platform, and sets the stage for easy software compatibility among ARM servers in the future.

For all the potential, Raghu Raghuram, VMware's vice president of cloud infrastructure and management thinks that porting existing enterprise apps to run on ARM is a "risky and expensive task that is rather hard to justify." As reported on The Register, Raghuram expressed his opinion that a software-defined data center, or SDDC, may be a more cost effective solution. You can read the full article here.

The Fierce Take: Raghuram may have a point here, given that many enterprises may have upwards of hundreds of legacy apps coded for and extensively tested to work on the x86 environment. To truly realize the full benefits of an ARM environment, they would have to first reengineer all these apps to run on the ARM architecture--a daunting proposition to say the least.

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