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AMD, a world leader in server systems and enterprise processors, officially introduces their latest technology to the market — the Opteron A1100, an enterprise – level ARM processor. It’s the first of its class, designed for web serving and to power storage infrastructure and networking. Leveraging their reputation and experience, AMD has launched enterprise servers into a new frontier for data centers by through energy efficiency and by honing scale – out technologies. AMD announced the development of their Opteron A1100 ARM processor in early 2014, and it was definitely worth the wait.

Opteron’s Specs Lead to Performance and Improved Storage

AMD’s innovative approach to technology has something for everyone. The company made three different processors, providing flexibility and versatility. The four – core processor runs at 1.7 GHz with a TDP of only 25W. Although the two eight – core processors use watts at 32W TDP, the faster processor is well worth the investment when the specifications are considered.

AMD Opteron A1100 specifications:

  • Choose between four or eight ARM Cortex A-57 cores, operating at up to 2GHz.
  • Memory for both DDR3 and DDR4 are included on the chips.
  • The chips capable of supporting a total of 128G RAM.
  • An A5 processor enhances encryption and compression capabilities.
  • Inputs and outputs include eight PCIe Generation 3, two 10Gbe ports, and 14 SATA 3 ports.

SolftIron is one of the many companies currently using AMD’s Opteron A1100 Series. SolftIron uses AMD’s ARM processors in their Overdrive 3000 to bring enterprise – level development systems to developers.  Silver Lining Systems is also partnering with AMD  in an effort to transform cloud and hyperscale data centers.

Advantage AMD

With many processors employing scale – up architecture, AMD chose the road less traveled. Perpetuating industry myths cast a shadow on scale – up architecture that AMD surprisingly debunked. From higher costs to lack of performance, AMD’s Opteron A1100 series has defied naysayers.

Compared to Intel’s Xeon D processor, AMD’s Opteron is a budget saver. On the high – end, Intel’s Xeon D processor can cost companies nearly $700. At the low – end, the processor is $199 compared to the Opteron’s price of only $150. With a cost advantage over Intel’s processor, yet comparable performance, there is no doubt that many servers will incorporate AMD’s new technology.

AMD’s use of scale-up architecture allows servers to process more and increase performance. With a need for more information in real-time, most businesses will find AMD’s use of scale-up technology enables them to process analytics in near real-time.

AMD’s 64-Bit Arm Changes the Game

Although there are fast processors on the market with a myriad of inputs and outputs, not one of the existing processor is designed for enterprise-level data centers, until now. Additionally, none can beat AMD’s approach to providing companies with world-class performance at a reduced cost.

Intel’s Xeon D processor and their C2000 series are likely competitor products that come to mind when one is considering fast processors, but eight processors offer both speed, performance, and a cost advantage. With AMD’s new ARM processor, companies don’t reign in costs while moving the goalposts back in web serving, networking, storage, and cloud computing.

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