HP Delivers First 64-Bit ARM Servers For The Enterprise

ARM continues to make headway into territories typically occupied by AMD and in particular Intel. Namely, the server market. Giving ARM a boost in the enterprise segment, Hewlett-Packard today announced two ARM-based servers, one of which is the first enterprise-class 64-bit ARM-based server. In addition, HP is making available a production-ready platform for software developers to build, test, and port applications to the 64-bit ARM based server.

"ARM technology will change the dynamics of how enterprises build IT solutions to quickly address customer challenges," said Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager, Servers and Networking, HP. "HP’s history, culture of innovation and proven leadership in server technology position us as the most qualified player to empower customers with greater choice in the server marketplace."

HP ProLiant M400

The new servers slide into HP's ProLiant Moonshot portfolio. According to HP, these systems can be scaled to any workload available at any time. For specific workloads, the appeal of these ARM-based systems is that they offer a balanced memory configuration at a lower total cost of ownership.

HP's ProLiant m400 servers are based on the X-Gene SoC from Applied Micro Circuits and boast eight 2.4GHz custom 64-bit ARM cores. These systems have up to 45 X-Gene cartridges per 4.3U chassis, with each cartridge supporting up to 64GB of DDR3 RAM and 480GB of flash storage. They run Canonical's Ubuntu server 14.04 LTS.