Dell Announces Support for the ARM Server Ecosystem

Today, Dell is excited to announce our support of the ARM Ecosystem through Project Copper, a 3u server chassis that uses ARM (Advanced RISC Machine) technology to drastically reduce power consumption and increase server footprint in a very small footprint.  How small?  Since you asked, in that 3u chassis we can put twelve sleds, each containing four ARM servers.  When we look at a standard 42u rack, that’s six-hundred seventy two ARM servers in a 42u rack.  The processor that we’ll be using is the 1.6GHz quad core Marvell Armada XP.  What kind of power are we looking at?  Fora  single, fully loaded chassis (forty-eight servers) about 750 watts…total.

If you are new to the concept of ARM technology, here are a couple of good resources for you:

This is a continuation of the innovation that we are doing at Dell.  If you have been reading this blog for any time at all, you already know that the Data Center Solutions team has put together an impressive line of purpose-built servers under the PowerEdge C line, and we’ve also done some amazing things through our Hadoop and OpenStack solutions, and of course, our Crowbar utility that we designed and Open Sourced to the community that is not only free, but IS NOT limited to Dell hardware.

Additionally, it continues to demonstrate Dell’s commitment to green technologies and sustainable living which has been a key component of Dell’s core values as demonstrated through Dell’s existing programs such as renewable energy use at our facilities and our environmentally friendly bamboo packaging.

OK…you want specifics?  Here you go:

Take a look at this short video from Steve Cummings, Executive Director of Marketing for Dell Data Center Solutions and get a look at this new platform.  If you have any questions be sure to reach out to your Dell Account Team and they will put you in contact with the right people who can answer your questions.

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