Calxeda Joins OpenStack Community; Leads ARM-based Server Movement for Emerging “Green Clouds”

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ARM Server Innovator Continues to Reinforce Its Commitment to Open Standards and Cloud Solutions.

Calxeda, the company changing the data center and server market with high performance, low power semiconductors, today announced it has joined OpenStack™, the global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. Calxeda joins the OpenStack community to help extend cloud offerings to ARM-based server systems, and commits to fully supporting the OpenStack project and ecosystem.

“Since their inception, we have admired the OpenStack project’s mission and fully believe in its initiative,” said Barry Evans, CEO, Calxeda. “But this is not just about having our name on the OpenStack member list. Calxeda will be an active member of the OpenStack community, proposing and submitting blueprints and code for the heterogeneous cloud infrastructures we believe must be the future of data centers.”

Calxeda will work with the OpenStack community on blueprints and software development, while sharing thought leadership to enable non-traditional architectures in future cloud deployments. And yet the timeline for delivery is real, and aggressive. The company plans to build a reference OpenStack cluster on Calxeda-based servers, with specs and a published whitepaper, before end of 2011, to demonstrate the numerous advantages of “green” clouds.

As workloads transition into the cloud, there is a greater need for both public and private clouds to become more efficient by increasing performance while reducing total energy footprint. Calxeda’s ARM-based servers will offer the perfect amount of performance for certain workloads while consuming as little as 1/10th the energy, and at a dramatically lower TCO. Workloads – like object storage delivery (with OpenStack Object Storage), web-serving, and scale-out analytics – looking to be provisioned via OpenStack will be easy to deploy and maintain and more cost-effective to operate.

“We are excited by the initiative Calxeda has taken to lay the groundwork for non-traditional architectures in future OpenStack cloud deployments,” said Stephen Spector, Community Manager, OpenStack. “Working to drive open standards through ubiquity, the OpenStack community welcomes innovative contributions from companies like Calxeda to help guide and execute on that vision.”

The news of Calxeda joining OpenStack falls on the heels of the company’s recent announcement of its Trailblazer Initiative, which also includes a focus on open source cloud computing. Calxeda Vice President of Marketing, Karl Freund, commented: "The flexibility of OpenStack's extensible framework gives cloud architects options that would previously have required heavy investments in both hardware and virtualization technologies. We believe the future of hyper-efficient, green clouds will add even more momentum to the Trailblazer Initiative we announced last week."

About Calxeda

Founded in January 2008, Calxeda brings unseen performance density to the datacenter on a very attractive power foot print by leveraging ultra-low power processors as used on mobile phones as a foundation for its revolutionary technology. Calxeda will make it possible for datacenter managers to increase the density of their computer resources while significantly reducing the need for power, space and cooling. At the same time, Calxeda technology will contribute to the reduction of the CO2 footprint of the datacenter in a significant way. Calxeda is funded by a unique syndicate comprising industry leading venture capital firms and semiconductor innovators, including ARM, Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), Battery Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners and Highland Capital Partners. See for more information.


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