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Boston unveils AAAS or ARM-as-a-service

UK-based server provider Boston has teamed up with software developer Ellexus to announce a new service called ARM-As-A-Service, which is geared towards a developer audience looking to migrate applications to the ARM platform as seamlessly as possible.

AaaS aims to remove the biggest obstacle that one might encounter when looking to port apps from x86 to ARM; actually setting up the hardware and software that will run on ARM.

There are a plethora of hardware providers (Raspberry Pi, Samsung’s Arndale board, Qualcomm’s Dragonboard, ST-Ericsson Calao) and a similar array of software solutions. What Boston’s AaaS aims to do is provide with a cloud-based turnkey solution.

Boston stated that AaaS will deliver “dedicated physical quad-core nodes” rather than virtual CPU resources; it runs on Ubuntu or Fedora with more than 20,000 applications and libraries available. In addition, a number of resources (tutorials and videos) on how to use porting and tracing tools will be made available by Ellexus.

The hardware is based on Calxeda’s EnergyCore ARM-based processor technology and the servers themselves are Viridis microservers from Boston Limited. No details about pricing have been released yet.

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.