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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