Calxeda is bringing revolutionary efficiency to the data center, leveraging ultra-low power ARM-based processors with a revolutionary fabric interconnect as the foundation for next generation server and storage solutions.
“We are really impressed with the performance and low-power footprint of the Calxeda-based storage solution”, said Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost,. “After extensive testing of the new product, we see great potential for Calxeda in our OpenStack-based public cloud deployments and Ceph-based distributed object storage service.”
Calxeda-based servers are developed and deployed by innovative system vendors such as Aaeon, Boston Ltd, Hewlett-Packard, Penguin Computing, System Fabric Works. These systems contain up to 180 servers in a 4U chassis, with integrated fabric and I/O, and each server node consumes as little as 7 watts of power when running standard Linux in a 24 node server cluster. The efficiency of Calxeda is enabled by the innovative Fleet Fabric on every processor SoC.
“Calxeda’s fabric sets them apart in this fast-growing field of ARM-based server developers”, noted Patrick Moorhead, founder, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “Without advanced fabric technologies, an ARM SoC is very difficult to differentiate. Calxeda’s Fleet Fabric allows scale-out datacenter customers to build efficient rack-level solutions to improve their efficiency at the service levels their customers demand.”
Founded in 2008, Calxeda is privately held, and has been funded with a $103M investment from seasoned venture capital and strategic investors in 2010 and 2012,
“The Calxeda team has a terrific vision for the role of ARM in the datacenter, and they have the talent, the technology, and the commitment to openness required to execute on that vision,” Frank Frankovsky, chairman and president of the Open Compute Foundation.
Enabled by a rapidly expanding ecosystem of software partners and integrators, Calxeda is targeting large scale-out applications such as web serving, content delivery, and cloud storage, especially in cloud infrastructures. These applications consume a fraction of the power and space of today’s best-in-class installations when deployed on Calxeda-based servers.
The server industry is entering an era of change akin to what the mobile market has enjoyed for the last ten years: rapid change fueled by an open approach to hardware and software.
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