Want to test some cloudy code on an ARM server?
Now you can! For Free!
Calxeda, OpenStack, HP, Canonical, and Core NAP hosting have now donated the hardware, software, and facilities to provide FREE access to HP’s Calxeda-based Redstone servers using the TryStack sandbox. This is so cool; you can provision a free server instance and play to your hearts content. Upload code or images. Develop and test your software. Use the OpenStack API’s on ARM and realize “Its just Linux!”. And pay nothing. For more information on how to access this, see the OpenStack Blog
Obviously, there has been a lot of interest about this new class of servers that can dramatically reduce power and space requirements for scale-out workloads. Thats why you came to this site! Some call these “micro-servers” (Intel). Some call them “Extreme Low Power Servers” (Gartner’s analysts). And yes, some have affectionately called them “Wimpy Nodes” (See Carnegie Mellon University’s “FAWN” paper.)