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posted by mrpg on Friday January 12, @07:15AM   Printer-friendly
from the that's-epyc dept.

Amid the ongoing Meltdown fiasco, Intel has only one way to go in the data center... down. Intel may be forced to offer discounts or rebates to prevent customers from eventually moving to AMD x86 chips (such as Epyc) or even ARM chips:

Intel chips back 98% of data center operations, according to industry consultancy IDC. [...] Microsoft said on Tuesday the patches necessary to secure the threats could have a significant performance impact on servers.

[...] For Gleb Budman's company, San Mateo-based online storage firm Backblaze, building with ARM chips would not be difficult. "If ARM provides enough computing power at lower cost or lower power than x86, it would be a strong incentive for us to switch," said Budman. "If the fix for x86 results in a dramatically decreased level of performance, that might increasingly push in favor of switching to ARM."

Infinitely Virtual, a Los Angeles-based cloud computing vendor, is counting on Intel to replace equipment or offer a rebate to make up for the loss in computing power, Chief Executive Adam Stern said in an interview. "If Intel doesn't step up and do something to make this right then we're going to have to punish them in the marketplace by not purchasing their products," said Stern, whose company relies exclusively on Intel processors.

[...] Both Qualcomm and Cavium are developing ARM chips aimed at data centers. Cavium said it aimed to rival the performance of Intel chips for applications like databases and the content-delivery networks that help speed things like how fast online videos load.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @12:50PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @12:50PM (#621346)

    Isn't this the kind of story that could be automatically added to the SN story queue in a year? Then we could discuss how effective Intel was at regrouping after this setback.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday January 12, @05:05PM

    by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <{takyon} {at} {}> on Friday January 12, @05:05PM (#621448) Journal

    I don't think eds want non-subs ("go look for this story") to suddenly appear in the sub queue 6-12 months later. I might be wrong.

    Interested parties could write a note to themselves to submit it. Or we could rely on a news site to do the Meltdown 1 Year in Review story and just... notice it.

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