Intel's server business doesn't have anything to fear from ARM, according to Kirk Skaugen, general manager of the chip giant's data center unit. Intel acknowledges ARM may gain some ground in the laptop market but doubts the architecture will become a success in the server market.
Like mobile devices, power efficiency is a key concern for servers. Businesses keenly watch how to minimize the power they use per unit of computing power.
But Intel is convinced that businesses won't be interested in ARM servers, as it admits that its own efforts to put Atom systems-on-a-chip on servers was met with disappointment. States Mr. Skaugen:
We’ve been out talking about Atom and servers for... And candidly, there hasn’t been a lot of interest in that architecture in a broad sense. I could see if you go out four to five years maybe 10% of the total market, give or take a couple percent, could be interested in such an architecture.