ARM Reaches Into the Data Center, Competes With Intel
When talking about #softwaredefined networking ( #SDN) and network functions virtualization ( #NFV), we often talk about software that can run on x86 servers. The term x86 refers to instruction set architectures for silicon chips. Most x86 servers that run SDN and NFV software use chips from either @Intel or @AMD. But that could change as @ARM is making a concerted effort to take market share in this segment. ARM doesn’t make chips. It creates the intellectual property (IP) building blocks for a chip. And while x86 refers to an instruction set architecture, ARM also has a set of defined instructions. But instead of manufacturing chips, ARM gives the instruction set architecture to its customers — such as @Qualcomm, @Broadcom, @NXP, and @Cavium — and those companies manufacture the chips.