"Zinc" micro-server based on Calxeda ARM processors now in hands of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).Dell announced that it has donated a "Zinc" micro-server based on Calxeda ARM processors to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).
The hope is that the Foundation will contribute to the creation of an ecosystem for ARM servers and promote application development and testing.
Apache is critical for Dell, since the company said its customers are using "many of Apache’s open source software products, including Hadoop, Cassandra, and the Apache HTTP Web Server as part of their big data and cloud computing solutions." The company stated that the server, which runs Calxeda's EnergyCore processor, is available to all Apache projects for software development and native porting of applications.
In addition to the hardware donation, Dell said that it offers hosting and support with Calxeda, including resources for hardware maintenance. The Zinc concept is located in Austin, Texas, for remote access by the ASF. According to the manufacturer, the server has seen "more than a dozen builds" by the Apache Hadoop project within the first 24 hours of deployment.
Like its Copper ARM micro server, which is based on Marvell Armada XP SoCs, the Zinc server is just a concept at this time and not available for purchase.
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