While the traditional server market suffers a sales slump, the niche market for ARM-based servers is hoping to catch fire. The latest example: Boston Ltd. has unveiled the Viridis 2.0 Microserver -- a potential alternative to HP Moonshot and Dell Project Copper ARM servers. It's certified to run Ubuntu 13.10 and OpenStack Havana, and powered by ARM Cortexc A15 quad-core processor. So what's the channel partner angle?
Many VARs and MSPs have witnessed falling server sales in the past year or so -- as customers either (A) virtualized existing servers or (B) shifted workloads to public clouds. Further complicating matters, Microsoft killed Windows Small Business Server in 2012 in order to shift more customers to the Office 365 cloud. More recently, IBM apparently has been trying to sell off its x86 server business amid profit margin and sales pressures.