Marvell Extends Arm Partnership to Spur Processor Development

Yahoo | June 07, 2019

Marvell Technology Group MRVL recently announced that it has extended partnership with SoftBank Group subsidiary, Arm, to develop the Marvell ThunderX server processor technology further.Under the agreement, Arm will support Marvell’s efforts in the development of server processor technology for three years or more, helping the latter expand its Arm-based server processor to enable the next generation of cloud and data center infrastructure.Over the last decade, Marvell and Arm together have developed ThunderX2 a powerful alternative to the x86 computing market.The ThunderX suit of processors is an integrated and scalable suit of multi-core System-on-Chip (SoC) processors optimized for cloud and datacenter servers. These processors incorporate custom cores based on 64-bit ARMv8 architecture targeting cloud compute, cloud storage/Big Data and network function virtualization workloads.

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Microsoft SQL Server is one of the most widely deployed database platforms in the world, with many organizations having dozens or even hundreds of instances deployed in their environments. The flexibility of SQL Server, with its rich application capabilities combined with the low costs of x86 computing, has led to a wide variety of SQL Server installations ranging from large data warehouses to small, highly specialized departmental and application databases. The flexibility at the database layer translates directly into application flexibility, giving end users more useful application features and ultimately improving productivity.

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Microsoft SQL Server is one of the most widely deployed database platforms in the world, with many organizations having dozens or even hundreds of instances deployed in their environments. The flexibility of SQL Server, with its rich application capabilities combined with the low costs of x86 computing, has led to a wide variety of SQL Server installations ranging from large data warehouses to small, highly specialized departmental and application databases. The flexibility at the database layer translates directly into application flexibility, giving end users more useful application features and ultimately improving productivity.

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