Cavium Makes Data Center Push With ThunderX2 Arm Server Chip

Today’s topics include Cavium introducing its ThunderX2 Arm server chip for data centers, and Red Hat advancing OpenShift with IBM and Microsoft integrations.

Chip maker Cavium announced this week that the latest generation of its Arm-based system-on-a-chip, the ThunderX2, is now generally available and aimed at one- and two-socket systems for enterprise data centers, cloud infrastructures and high-performance computing environments.

Gopal Hegde, vice president and general manager of Cavium’s Data Center Processor Group, said that the company has “been working with over 60 different partners, including [original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers], and independent software and hardware vendors to enable the seamless deployment of ThunderX2-based platforms.”

Among those system makers are supercomputer manufacturer Cray, Atos and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which is putting the ThunderX2 into its Apollo 70 servers for the high-performance computing space.

Red Hat kicked off is annual summit in San Francisco on May 8, announcing new partner integrations with IBM and Microsoft, as well as detailing the future direction of its OpenShift Kubernetes container orchestration platform.

Red Hat and Microsoft announced they have partnered on a jointly managed OpenShift container platform in the cloud.

Meanwhile, IBM is partnering with Red Hat to enable its enterprise applications including WebSphere and DB2 to run in OpenShift.

Red Hat is also providing some direction on how it will be integrating technologies from CoreOS, which it acquired for $250 million on Jan. 30. OpenShift customers will be able to choose to use Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as Red Hat CoreOS depending on their needs. In addition to the Red Hat CoreOS Linux distribution, Red Hat will also converge the CoreOS Tectonic platform into OpenShift over the next six months.