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HP To Market ARM Servers Thanks To Calxeda

So the rumour proved to be true, Calxeda will indeed be the chip partner that will allow HP to bring the first ARM-based servers to the market.

HP now has the Redstone Server Development Platform which will be used by the company internally for "testing, developing and benchmarking hyperscale applications".

Calxeda's CEO Barry Evans, said in a statement that, a single 4-rack unit chassis designed by HP can contain a staggering 288 Calxeda servers and would deliver the same throughput as 700 traditional servers.

In addition, the infrastructure needed to sustain the servers and manage them will be dramatically simplified with less cabling, an integrated management solution and less hardware.

Calxeda didn't go for raw power and chose instead to focus on performance per watt and total cost of ownership, with Calxeda expecting to capture more than five per cent of the global server processor market over the next five years.

As part of its Moonshot programme, HP may use EnergyCore chips in microservers. The company has introduced a popular microserver, the Proliant N36L, which is based on the AMD Athlon II CPU.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.