UK IT supplier Boston is not waiting for ARM-powered servers to take off before jumping into the racket - instead it's getting out there on the bleeding edge and will within weeks start shipping the first of its "Viridis" energy-efficient servers. Viridis is a Latin-ish name that is derived from "green" and is meant to signify …
$50k to play seems a bit on the pricy side with a CPU that everyone seems to associate with handheld devices. Maybe they should be looking for a way to get a 4 or 8 node unit into the hands of the open source developers. A chassis with 4 or 8 disks slots in a 1 RU friendly pizza box might be just what the developers would need to consider these things as more than just toys.
Everyone associates with handheld devices? No, not everyone.
You either have forgotten or have possibly overlooked that the first ARM processors were for desktop machines. I still have a number of them myself. One of the big selling points of the ARM, and the reason why it has outlasted its origin, is that it is low power and flexible in that it can be used for pretty much anything.
That was one reason why even a blind pig stumbled across an Acorn every so often...
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