Well, not really. Not Calxeda, anyway. Just me looking for my favorite audience. Hope you are all still interested in this space, as it is heating up as expected. But now, its not just ARM and a couple little silicon companies. Now, its the big boys, like Intel, AMD, and even IBM. And no, not all are using ARM, but all are innovating more efficient servers for the new hyper scale datacenter.
It has been just over four months since Calxeda collapsed under the combined weight of massive expenses and the competitive challenges it inspired by its vision of low-power ARM-based SOCs for the datacenter. Much as been written about why it failed and what that does or does not mean to the movement it started. But armservers.com started a community of thousands of readers who wan to understand what this David and Goliath battle is all about and what it might mean to the industry. This story has only just begun. Calxeda opened the bottle, and even Intel can’t put the genie back in.
Since I wrote most of the blogs in armservers.com, and since I still have password access to site, I am just going to camp out here, play pirate, board this ship, and start sailing until someone notices and makes me walk the plank to another website. If I get booted off, follow me on twitter @karlfreund, and I will tell you where I set up another soapbox.
For the next few blog postings, here’s what I plan to write about, just to catch everyone up on what’s been going on since our hiatus. Thereafter, I will post musings and perspectives as as new products are rumored, announced, or delayed, and as benchmarks inevitably get published and abused.
- Market Summary
- Current vendor Landscape
- Individual Vendor Assessments
- Intel’s SWOT and Response
But first, I plan to talk about some of the myths and realities of this market. It’s time for me to pay my debts like a Lanister (ignore that reference if you aren’t a fan of Game of Thrones), and come clean from the hype I personally helped create at Calxeda. Not that I was alone, so I will dispel a few myths that my worthy former competitors added to the pile. So my next posting will try to separate the hype from what I think is reality. Good, Bad and Ugly. If I suddenly go quiet, follow me @karlfreund. (or look for me in a dumpster somewhere around Austin! ;-)
Ex-VP Marketing Calxeda, IBM, CRAY, and HP