Boston partners with Calxeda and Inktank to deliver transformative Ceph-based storage on ARM®
10/18/2013

Boston Limited is proud to announce its partnership with Calxeda and Inktank at IP EXPO 2013 that will see them deliver a transformative Ceph-based storage platform based on the Viridis ARM® platform.

Online PR News – 18-October-2013 – St Albans, UK – Boston Limited, a leading manufacturer of high performance, low-powered server, storage and workstation solutions, is proud to announce its partnership with Calxeda and Inktank at IP EXPO 2013 that will see them deliver a transformative Ceph-based storage platform based on the Viridis ARM® platform.

Calxeda, a manufacturer of ARM® based SoC (System on Chip) technology, and Inktank, the organisation delivering Ceph: the massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system, are working with Boston to provide the market with a transformative storage platform by optimising Ceph’s performance and stability on the ARM-based server architecture.

The system integrates the highly scalable Ceph storage system with Boston’s ultra-efficient Viridis, a self-contained, highly extensible, 48 node cluster based on Calxeda’s ARM-based EnergyCore SoC.

David Power, Head of HPC for Boston Limited, says, “The combination of Ceph and Boston’s ARM-based Viridis platform creates a storage system that fully leverages Ceph’s software-defined storage architecture and Viridis’ low-power, high density server architecture to increase scalability, manageability, reliability and significantly lower overall acquisition and operational costs. This transformative storage platform is the ideal system for tackling the challenges of use case proliferation, overall data growth explosion, and ongoing cost pressures being felt within enterprises and service providers today.”

As the Ceph architecture is designed to distribute a storage cluster over multiple servers, Boston’s Calxeda ARM-based solutions enable Ceph clusters to possess a greater number of servers, thus creating lower failure rates and more efficient healing – all within the same amount of space and at a lower power consumption level. This results the delivering of better performance-per-dollar at reduced power consumption and better rack density. With specific applications, the overall combined performance of one 2U Viridis appliance can outperform a whole rack of standard x86 servers, yet at the same time consume 1/10th the power and occupy 1/10th the space making it an excellent investment for datacentres and enterprises alike.

Steve Starbuck, Sales Director of Inktank, says, "Ceph was created to fundamentally change the economics of large-scale data storage, and running it on ultra-efficient platforms like Boston’s Viridis is a great way to do just that. We are delighted to partner with innovative companies like Boston Limited who help us deliver transformative storage solutions using Ceph."

The Boston Viridis is a self-contained, highly extensible, 48 node ARM cluster with integral high-speed interconnect and storage. The Viridis uses the ARM® based Calxeda EnergyCore™ SoCs (Server on Chip) to create a rack-mountable 2U server cluster comprising 192 processing cores leading the way towards energy efficient hyperscale computing.

For more information on the Ceph Optimised Viridis Storage platform visit the Boston website: http://www.boston.co.uk/ or get in touch with us via sales@boston.co.uk.

About Boston Limited
Boston Limited has been providing first-to-market technology to a diverse client base since 1992. Boston's high performance, mission-critical server, storage and workstation solutions can be tailored for every client. With expertly trained engineers and a dedicated R & D labs facilities, we are able to fully customise the specification, design and branding of a solution in order to help clients solve their toughest business challenges simply and effectively. Since its founding in London, UK, Boston has expanded operations globally. Following on from the successful launch of Boston IT Solutions India in 2009, Boston launched Boston Server & Storage Solutions GmbH in Germany a year later, with offices opening on the East coast of America in 2013. For more information about Boston, please visit www.boston.co.uk and follow @BostonLimited on Twitter.

About Calxeda
Founded in January 2008, Calxeda brings new performance density to the datacenter with revolutionary server-on-a-chip technology. Calxeda currently employs 100 professionals in Austin Texas and the Silicon Valley area. Calxeda is funded by a unique syndicate comprising industry leading venture capital firms and semiconductor innovators, including ARM Holdings,Advanced Technology Investment Company, Austin Ventures, Battery Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Vulcan Capital. See www.calxeda.com for more information.

About Inktank
Inktank is the company delivering Ceph—the massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system. Launched by some of the leading developers ofCeph, Inktank is dedicated to helping organizations fully leverage the transformative power of Ceph to decrease storage costs, increase operational flexibility and help free them from restrictive and expensive proprietary storage systems. Inktank provides best-in-class professional services and support offerings to enterprises, service providers, and cloud platforms. Please visit www.inktank.com for more information or follow us on Twitter at @inktank.

For more information please contact Apostolos Lambrianides, Marketing Manager, apostolos.lambrianides@boston.co.uk.