Red Hat, hyperscale, and 64-bit ARM servers


Red Hat has historically been at the forefront of customer-driven innovation, recognizing that new approaches are required to address ever-growing datacenter demands stemming from new computational and data intensive workloads. Driven by these demands Hyperscale computing represents the next wave of performance-oriented designs. The goal of hyperscale computing is to maximize performance benefits while lowering power, space, and cooling requirements.

Some of the evolving hyperscale designs are based on servers that utilized new 64-bit ARM architecture. New designs leverage advances in CPU technology, system hardware, and packaging to offer additional choices to customers looking for more integrated hardware solutions.


Linaro Enterprise Group

Red Hat is uniquely positioned to bring that collaborative mentality and desire for cohesiveness to the evolving 64-bit ARM server ecosystem through open source software and strict adherence to open standards.

For example, Red Hat joined the Linaro Enterprise Group (LEG) as a founding member to help ensure prevalence of open standards and technologies. The LEG as a not-for-profit engineering organization focused on accelerating the development of open source software and standardizing the ARM ecosystem, which is currently comprised of divergent devices and software implementations.

Consistent with a development approach that has long enabled customers to innovate on top of Red Hat® solutions, Red Hat's involvement with the LEG centers around software development using a transparent and collaborative process, definition and support for open standards, rallying of key industry players, and creation of offerings that allow customers choice.

Server Base System Architecture

Additionally, Red Hat helped create the Server Base System Architecture (SBSA) specification released by ARM to accelerate software development and enable supportability across multiple 64-bit ARM platforms. This specification provides a framework for the deployment of innovative ARM architecture-based solutions in data center applications, and it will help accelerate software development and enable portability between ARM-based platforms. This specification is focused on empowering the ecosystem to build differentiated, value-added solutions that accelerate innovation and choice in the marketplace.

Partner Collaboration

The company's more than 20-year history of collaborating with the open source community, and partners, culminated in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux® operating system becoming the leading Linux deployment environment of the past 10 years. Red Hat has worked closely with our strategic partners Intel, AMD, and IBM to enable a seamless experience across systems based on their processor designs. We want to ensure that customers and partners can choose the best systems and peripherals to meet their current and future requirements, regardless of the underlying hardware architecture.


For the evolving 64-bit ARM ecosystem, our strategy is to enable new server designs that are being worked on by our partners, in much the same way that we have supported other new processor design efforts in the past.

Within the 64-bit ARM ecosystem, Red Hat is focused on creating a singular operating platform that relies on common standards to foster the development of new applications. The goal is to maintain expected enterprise-class attributes such as reliability, security, and performance for applications that are largely available today as open source projects.

We are committed to helping our partners reshape the datacenter by fostering an emerging ecosystem, one based on open source software as well as industry standards. Ultimately, we look to stand behind the innovation of our customers and partners as they explore 64-bit ARM system designs.

Learn more about Red Hat’s partner early access program for 64-bit ARM architecture.