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SoftIron Launches CentOS Edition Overdrive 1000 Server

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SoftIron’s new 64-bit ARM systems now comes ready to go for CentOS developers at less than £500

Server maker SoftIron has released a version of its newly-unveiled Overdrive 1000 server that is tailored specifically for CentOS, the free enterprise Linux distribution that is compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

It was only last week at the OpenSUSE conference in Nurnburg where SoftIron CEO Norman Fraser unveiled the entry level 64-bit ARM Overdrive 1000 server, which is powered by the AMD Opteron A1100 series processor.

Now, the company has made clear its intention to continue pleasing developers with the CentOS functionality.

‘Widely popular’

“CentOS is widely popular with Linux users, hosting providers, developers, and small businesses,” said Fraser.

CentOS, which stands for the ‘Community Enterprise Operating System’, is a free, enterprise-class, community-supported computing platform which aims to be functionally compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Data-CentreThe CentOS Overdrive 1000 combines this technology with a fast, reliable platform for developing ARM-based applications, claims SoftIron.

“These groups form a fantastic user base for the Overdrive 1000.  Combining the cost-effectiveness of CentOS with the capability of the Overdrive 1000 creates a compelling offering for individual and commercial developers alike.”

SoftIron’s Overdrive 1000 retails for $599 (£435), and comes out of the box with 8GB of DDR4 memory and a 1TB hard drive.

“We have designed and built the Overdrive 1000 with one of the toughest audiences in mind: developers,” said Fraser.

“Be they native 64-bit ARM, Linux-focused or part of the ARM ecosystem, developers are a highly critical audience and demand the best experience from the first power up,” he added.

SoftIron’s touting the Overdrive 1000 as super affordable and feature rich for developers in 64-bit native environments. The Overdrive 1000 features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A57 based System-on-a-Chip (SoC) with fast direct-attach SATA 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet network Interface.

“Not only will developers be able to get to work straight away because of the out of the box functionality of the Overdrive 1000, but they will be able to benefit from the CentOS team’s close association with Red Hat and over a decade of security expertise.  That gives incredible confidence to everyone.”

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