Calxeda is laying the groundwork for an ARM-based server ecosystem through a new initiative that brings together industry partners to provide software and service support ahead of hardware availability.
Announced today, the Trailblazer initiative is intended to open up Calxeda's technology to interested hardware vendors, systems integrators, datacentre operators and software vendors.
Most notable among the members is Ubuntu Linux developer Canonical, but the list also includes cloud storage firm Caringo, NoSQL database developer Couchbase, data analytics company Pervasive, and others.
Calxeda, formerly known as Smooth-Stone, is developing ARM-based server chips designed to consume much less power than those found in current datacentres.
The firm predicts that its technology could replace an entire rack of today's servers with a single 2U chassis holding up to 120 quad-core processor nodes, each consuming no more than 5W of energy.
"The faster we can help our system vendors and partners get complete solutions in our customers' hands, the faster we can help them save money and reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint," said Calxeda chief executive Barry Evans.
Calxeda said that it will provide Trailblazer partners with early access to hardware, applications and operating system software, and participate in joint sales and marketing schemes.
The companies involved will be able to support end users with evaluations of Calxeda technology for cloud hosting, web servers, data analytics and other applications.
Canonical confirmed that it has been working with Calxeda for some time to develop a version of Ubuntu Server for ARM systems.
"This programme further aligns our organisations, and will help companies and projects looking to build the hyper-efficient datacentres of tomorrow," said Canonical chief executive Jane Silber.
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