Qualcomm and Microsoft Join Forces to Accelerate Cloud Services

By Ken Briodagh March 08, 2017

According to a recent announcement from Qualcomm and Microsoft, the two companies will work together with the goal of accelerating next generation cloud services on the 10 nanometer Qualcomm Centriq 2400 platform. This collaboration will span multiple future generations of hardware, software and systems.

With the goal of enabling a variety of cloud workloads to run on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform powered by Centriq 2400 server solutions, this server specification ports the platform to OCP. The Centriq Open Compute Motherboard server specification is based on the latest version of Microsoft's Project Olympus, and Qualcomm has conducted the first public demonstration of Windows Server, developed for Microsoft's internal use.

“Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies (QDT) is accelerating innovation in data centers by delivering the world's first 10nm server platform,” said Ram Peddibhotla, VP, product management, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies. “Our collaboration with Microsoft and contribution to the OCP community enables innovations such as Qualcomm Centriq 2400 to be designed in and deployed into the data centers rapidly. In collaborating with Microsoft and other industry leading partners, we are democratizing system design and enabling a broad-based ARM server ecosystem.”

QDT has been working with Microsoft for several years on ARM-based server enablement and has onsite engineering at Microsoft to optimize a version of Windows Server for Microsoft's internal use in its data centers, on Qualcomm Centriq 2400-based systems.

“Microsoft and QDT are collaborating with an eye to the future addressing server acceleration and memory technologies that have the potential to shape the data center of tomorrow,” said Leendert van Doorn, distinguished engineer, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft. “Our joint work on Windows Server for Microsoft's internal use, and the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Open Compute Motherboard server specification, compatible with Microsoft's Project Olympus, is an important step toward enabling our cloud services to run on QDT-based server platforms.”

Edited by Alicia Young

Editorial Director

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