AMD might not have had a steller history because of competition with Intel but having top engineers at management position is a right foot forward. Brick and mortar servers/storage are suppose to be next big thing for semiconductors.
@Fottemberg, his comments lately have not been positive. I do remember when AMD had a better part with Opteron compared to Pentium4 and Dell was the last OEM to adopt it. The anti-trust lawsuit found Intel guilty and emails between Intel and Dell executives were used to prove it. I would imagine Intel would be more subtle today.
I think that Norrod is an ARM fan. From an old article: "We think ARM is a potentially relevant technology to several sets of core customers. Our customers are echoing the same thing and asking us to help in this evaluation. What's interesting about ARM is not what's available today, but what may be available in 18 to 24 months", Norrod said. ( http://www.cnmeonline.com/news/dell-reaches-for-the-cloud-with-new-prototype-arm-server/ )
In my opinion, Dell is/was forced by Intel to invest in x86 CPU instead of ARM SoC. Because of that Norrod has left Dell. Do you remember when Intel persuaded Dell to use Intel CPUs instead of AMD CPUs, some years ago? :)
I would not be surprised if Norrod was forced out at Dell. Under his watch his rival HP has innovated with their moonshot, discover program and is putting a pretty neat story around private clouds. Dell has been left standing still.
And as the article pointed out, he has said quite a few hypocritical things. If he does not believe in ARM then why join AMD?