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Dell introduces ARM based Copper blade servers

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Tue May 29 2012, 17:03
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TIN BOX FLOGGER Dell has announced its first ARM based servers as part of its 'Copper' server range.

Dell Copper ARM-based server sled moduleDell follows HP in announcing a range of servers that use ARM processors, adding to the growing competition Intel is facing in both server and smartphone markets. Dell's C5000 3U chassis can hold 12 blades, each with four ARM processors, and Dell claims each server draws only 15W.

Each of Dell's C5000 blades has four SATA drives, essentially one per ARM chip, one DIMM supporting 8GB of RAM and a single gigabit Ethernet port. Dell is looking to the Linux community to support its hardware, with Canonical already shipping a version of Ubuntu that supports ARM processors and Red Hat's Fedora project also working on a build for the ARM architecture.

Tony Parkinson, VP of Dell's enterprise solutions in Europe told The INQUIRER that producing servers is just the beginning. "The ARM developer community has been growing for a while now, but there is still a lot of work to be done on both the developer side and the customer side to really make it work." Parkinson also said that Dell will not favour any particular ARM vendor when it comes to buying chips for its servers.

Dell said it expects ARM based servers to handle the Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (LAMP) stack and be deployed in Hadoop clusters. Initially the company will seed its Copper ARM servers to chosen customers. It would not say when the servers will become generally available. µ


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