Big data, web apps, HPC and media streaming to benefit from technology that consumes less than 1/10th the power of conventional servers
Boston Limited, the leading manufacturer of high performance, low-powered server, storage and clustered solutions, has begun manufacturing and worldwide distribution of its innovative Viridis server, based on Calxeda EnergyCore™ SoC (System on a Chip) leveraging ultra-low power ARM processors.
The Boston Viridis platform is the first to enter general availability in a new generation of data center servers based on technology from ARM, whose chip designs power the Apple® iPhone®, iPad® and many other low-power consumer devices. Consuming as little as 5 watts per SoC, the ultra low-powered Calxeda EnergyCore SoC is designed specifically to provide supercomputing performance while consuming less than one tenth the power that many of today’s processors use.
This new technology is set to radically redefine the economics of a range of compute-intensive applications such as data analysis and modeling (‘Big Data’), high-volume web applications, high performance computing (HPC) and media streaming. Power consumption (and related costs such as heat dissipation) make up a significant proportion of running costs in large-scale data centers. Reducing energy costs tenfold not only slashes existing costs but also enables the development of new applications that had not previously been viable.
I watch with interest what those ARM based servers will bring to the hosting and application server space, that Boston offers their solutions is great for competition and innovation in the ARM server space.