RedHat Enterprise Linux or (RHEL) is a key server software platform that is deployed in many enterprise verticals today including Finance, Telecom, and Government and in Traditional Enterprise as well. Many end users today are looking for innovative solutions that can help them reduce their TCO by delivering more performance/watt/$/cu. Ft. The ARM partnership and their SoC platforms are bringing more workload optimized solutions but with a standards framework. RedHat is working with ARM to bring even more choice their customers.
RedHat has been engaged in with the ARM Server community for a long time and today marks in important milestone in that journey. RedHat announced the Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Program today. With support from key partners including AMD, AMI, AppliedMicro, Broadcom, Cavium, Dell, HP this represents a broad range of partners from for the Server Ecosystem. In addition, today AMD announced the availability of their Opteron A1100 developer kit targeting a broader set of the firmware and software communities.
RedHat has been engaged with the ARM ecosystem on multiple fronts with their participation in Linaro with the Linaro Enterprise Group, and with the Server Base System Architecture development. Recognizing the need to enable the software and OEM development community to rapidly develop and deploy systems, ARM and partners drove collaboration with key Software, OEM and Silicon partners to help drive standards at the hardware level that can simplify software and systems development. Jon Masters from RedHat has a written a great blog on his experiences with the development of these standards in the ARM server community. Just last week there was also the release of the ACPI 5.1 Specification that included support for ARM another important milestone for community
Red Hat’s announcement today expands the reach of the ARM server community. Many of the emerging workloads are more suited to the ARM partnership approach of delivering the right size compute with innovative system integration to deliver more value to end users.