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Microsoft and QDT collab 'with an eye to the future' for the server market

09 Mar 17

Qualcomm Data Center Technologies (QDT) is teaming up with Microsoft to accelerate next generation cloud services on its 10 nanometer Qualcomm Centriq 2400 platform.

According to the two companies, this collaboration will span multiple future generations of hardware, software and 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," says Dr. Leendert van Doorn, distinguished engineer, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Corp.

"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."

With the goal of enabling a variety of cloud workloads to run on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform powered by Qualcomm Centriq 2400 server solutions, QDT has submitted a server specification using its advanced 10 nanometer Qualcomm Centriq 2400 platform to OCP.

The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Open Compute Motherboard server specification is based on the latest version of Microsoft's Project Olympus.

"QDT is accelerating innovation in data centers by delivering the world's first 10nm server platform," explains Ram Peddibhotla, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc.

"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,” he says.

“In collaborating with Microsoft and other industry leading partners, we are democratizing system design and enabling a broad-based ARM server ecosystem."

QDT also recently announced that it has joined the Open Compute Project Foundation as a gold member. 

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