"what we’ve decided that we are just going to push Atom as hard as possible in this space and have it be a better offering for our customers than having to switch all their software and worry about all the reliability features (missing from ARM solutions)."
ARM licensees are startups. They are also pushing their offerings as hard as possible. If its a race between a startup and a bureaucratic huge organization, whom do you think is going to win. Secondly, at the starting point, right now, ARM based chips such as Apple's A6 have a substantial lead over Intel's chips such as Medfield in smartphones. That doesn't bode well for Atom going forward either.
As I said earlier, OpenStack is fully ARM compliant. A cloud customer if they use OpenStack doesn't have to worry at all about software and best of all its free.
[Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Khitchdee...]
I don't live in WA or CO :-)