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SoftIron Extends 64-bit ARM Ecosystem with AMD Opteron A1100 Series-based Server

Uses Red Hat Summit Boston to Showcase Prototype Enterprise-Class Development server

Southampton, UK, 26th June 2015

SoftIron® today announced plans to offer a new enterprise-class development server running on an AMD Opteron™ A1100 series processor. Building on its strategy to deliver low-power consumption technologies into the enterprise and high performance computing markets, SoftIron’s latest server helps to broaden the opportunity for enterprise and application development testing within the 64-bit ARM ecosystem.

“We are excited to be working with AMD to continue to strengthen the growing 64-bit ARM enterprise server market,” said Norman Fraser, CEO, SoftIron. “The benefits of ARM technology for the enterprise are clear and real and the opportunity to showcase developments based on AMD’s new Opteron processor represents an exciting next development which adds to the growing market credentials of the ARM ecosystem, as a real alternative to x86 based solutions in the Enterprise and HPC space.”

SoftIron will use this year’s Red Hat Summit in Boston to showcase a 1U half-depth rack mount development system based on a development copy of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and utilising the Hadoop big data framework and the Ceph storage platform at this month’s Red Hat Summit in Boston. General availability of the development system is expected in the 2nd half of 2015.

SoftIron Developer Server

The new development server delivers a comprehensive set of features and benefits including:

  • Architecture
  • 64-bit ARM® v8
  • Processor
  • 1 x AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series processor
  • Processor cores
  • 8 x 64-bit ARM Cortex A57 Cores
  • Memory
  • 2 x 8GB DDR3 DRAM
  • Storage
  • 1 TB HDD
  • Interfaces
  • 2 x 10GBASE-KR Ethernet
  • PCI Express® connectors configurable as a single x8 or dual x4 ports
  • 8 x SATA 3.0 ports
  • Software
  • Standard UEFI boot environment
  • Fedora Linux
  • Standard Linux GNU tool chain, including cross-development version
  • Platform device drivers
  • Apache web server, MySQL database engine, and PHP scripting language
  • Java 7 and Java 8 for 64-bit ARM

Michael Detwiler, a Market Development Manager at AMD said, “We are very excited to be collaborating with SoftIron to develop low power, highly efficient platforms that utilize the AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor, and this development system will play a key role in further expanding the ARM ecosystem.”  

 “The Red Hat team has a strong track record in supporting the development of systems and solutions for the 64-bit ARM architecture and our new development platform delivers another solution to help broaden and support enterprise computing on 64-bit ARM” added Fraser.

About SoftIron

SoftIron is an enterprise technology innovation company founded in 2012 and based at the University of Southampton Science Park, in the South of England. Its next generation enterprise computing products are focused on ultra-low-energy servers which re-write the rules of power consumption, reliability, robustness and performance, enabling massive cost savings and CO2 emission reductions.

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