Back in November I asked where the cheap ARM servers were, and then I started experimenting with my own £60 ARM server, but now Dell have come out with their own ARM server for web providers – nicknamed “Copper”.
It’s not going to be that cheap, being based on the Dell C-Class Cloud computers with:
So that all sounds pretty nice – 4 cores per node, 4 nodes per sled, 12 sleds in a 3U Chassis, so that’s 192 cores in a 3U slot.
With this kind of specification, the nodes seem perfect for things like load balanced web servers, Cloud Foundry style “Application Execution Nodes”, and other light to moderate disk I/O tasks.
The density of cores is definitely there, as is the memory – 8GB per node is around the right balance, so the real questions remaining seem to be currently unanswered:
If anyone from Dell wants to give me those answers, I’d be fascinated to know…
Update – Thanks to Mark responding in the comments below, that’s 15 Watts per node, which gives you 750W per 3U sled, a very impressive figure.