Facebook: No ‘definite plans’ to ARM data centers • The Register

After Facebook’s presentation at the Open Compute Day, I got to thinking more about other competitors in the market for the low energy consumption data center. And while everyone including Google remain loyal to Intel, the smaller upstarts have an opportunity to raise their marginal return if they choose wisely. I say this in part due to the folks like Seamicro and Tilera and ARM who are attempting to provide equal compute cycles per core, while running back the voltage and amperage required for each tick-tock of the CPU clock. Experts in the field of Electronics Engineering claim serial processors will always carry the day, but what price progress if we hold onto Amdahl’s Law for too long?

Quanta crams 512 cores into pizza box server • The Register

Quanta versus SeaMicro and Intel versus Tilera, these are the match-ups in the the competition for low power draw and high density in the data center of the future. What kind of exotic tools is it going to take to outfox companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft in the hegemony of cloud computing?

Microsoft Research Watch: AI, NoSQL and Microsoft’s Big Data Future

Microsoft has a Cloud Data platform entitled Azure that competes with Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). However beyond just having a product offering out there to let people use their C# development environment for making cloud based applications, there doesn’t seem to be a greater grander goal. Or is there,…