This IDC study examines the emerging ARM server segment. IDC has been watching ARM server developments for many years. As explained by IDC many years ago, ARM penetration of the server market was not something that would happen overnight. From the outset of the ARM server journey, there were several inhibiting factors, including technological and ecosystem limitations, as well as a strong x86 incumbency.
"ARM servers have been a topic of conversation in tech circles since at least 2011, when Calxeda made the first modern foray into building ARM chips for servers," said Kuba Stolarski, research director, Computing Platforms at IDC. "While initial concepts revolved around low-power servers for cold storage and dedicated web hosting, the ARM ecosystem has somewhat quietly evolved over the past couple of years to include more powerful cores, better integration with adjacent technologies, and support from major software ecosystems, including Linux, OpenStack, and Windows."