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The news that ARM intends to get into the server market has me wondering how realistic the notion of a viable x86 alternative really is. More accurately, I wonder how soon any alternative-architecture-based processors will be able to steal significant market share. Intel and AMD have invested heavily in x86 and continue to do so, as have server makers, software vendors and end-users, so I suspect there will be major resistance to any such transformation. Plus, we love things to be bigger, faster and stronger, and every new generation of x86 processors fulfills this desire. The transformation will happen, but when, where and to what degree remain to be seen.