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Michael Endler
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2/22/2013 | 4:17:08 PM
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Good point, Lorna. ARM-based servers are interesting for certain applications but it's unclear how popular they'll become, and how quickly. I also don't know that the Moonshot energy savings Whitman cites are much different than what'll be claimed by Dell or others in this space.

I didn't expect the uptick in desktop sales. HP hasn't made much a splash in next-gen personal computing, though. People will be buying desktops for a while, but I'm not sure HP even has a seat at the table when it comes to mobile devices. They're currently working on products for Windows 8, Android, and Chrome OS, so it looks like they're trying to figure it out. But Whitman likes to praise HP's engineers as the "best in the world," and it would be nice to see unqualified proof of that ingenuity.

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2/22/2013 | 3:37:50 PM
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Sounds like HP's putting most of its eggs in the ARM basket. The State of Servers report we released in November suggests that's a risky bet -- "potential power and cooling savings" came in dead last among eight criteria for the second year in a row, and 67% cited no use of low power (Atom, ARM, etc.) processors. We asked specifically: What is your stance on high-density, low-power micro-servers like those from Calxeda (ARM), Dell (C5000 line) or SeaMicro (Intel Atom)? Just 9% had purchased or were considering vs. 58% not considering or not aware (33% are neutral). HP has its work cut out for it. Lorna Garey, IW Reports


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