Cloud Companies Look to Intel’s Rivals After Security Issue

According to several statements from the tech community, some of Intel’s data center customers may be considering jumping ship after the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities which affect a significant number of the company’s chip models.

Although Intel chips are used in around 98% of data center operations, according to consultancy company IDC, companies such as Backblaze said that they may switch to ARM chips if it provides sufficient computing power at a lower cost, compared to x86 chips running at a decreased level of performance due to the security fixes.

Another computing vendor, Infinitely Virtual, said that Intel should offer a rebate or replace the equipment to compensate for the loss of power, threatening to “punish” them in the marketplace if they do not.

Source: Reuters

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