OpenStack Brings the Open Source Cloud to ARM
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OpenStack is set to be available on ARM for users to try out via the Trystack effort. TryStack debuted in February this year as a way for users to "try" OpenStack in a freely available hosted environment.
"OpenStack was designed from the beginning to be agnostic to different technologies," Mark Collier, VP of Marketing and Business Development for OpenStack at Rackspace, told InternetNews.
The ARM version of OpenStack will be powered by servers from startup Calxeda. Calxeda is part of HP's Project Moonshot effort, which is bringing ARM-based scale-out computing hardware to the market. The first Moonshot servers powered by Calxeda ARM are codenamed Redstone and provide massive scalability of up to 2,800 servers in a single rack.
On TryStack there is now a zoned sandbox that will enable developers to run OpenStack on Calxeda ARM-based hardware.
"If you look at how big data centers are getting, we know that power is the biggest driver of cost," Collier said. "So I'm bullish on ARM as a disruptive technology."