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Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS Now Available on miniNodes.com

miniNodes.com is proud to announce that it is the first hosting solutions provider to offer a leased Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ARM Server. By making available Ubuntu Core 14.04 LTS Linux running on Allwinner Technologies’ ARM processors, miniNodes.com is continuing to innovate and expand the market for ARM in the server industry.

Ubuntu 14.04 is the latest version of Ubuntu, and its 5 years of Long Term Support make it a popular choice for IT administrators looking for security and stability. Ubuntu is an innovative operating system that focuses on cloud and OpenStack deployment, has expansive documentation, a large and engaged community of supporters, and a consistent update schedule.

ARM processors offer notable advantages over traditional platforms, such as superior energy efficiency and lower cost of purchase and operations. Additionally, ARM processors power the vast majority of tablets and smartphones around the world. Expanding to the datacenter creates synergies and shared components that ease software development for the cloud.

With this product release, miniNodes has added to it’s lead in the hosted ARM Server industry. The hosted Ubuntu ARM Server is unique in the marketplace, and demonstrates miniNodes.com’s commitment and leadership to the microserver, ARM Server, and low-power cloud computing ecosystem.

More information on Ubuntu can be located on their website, http://www.ubuntu.com

More information on ARM Holdings can be located on their website, http://www.arm.com

More information on Allwinner Technology Co. can be located on their website, http://www.allwinnertech.com

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HOW-TO: Install Node.js on the miniNode ARM Server (Fedora)

Installing Node.js on a Fedora 20 miniNode ARM dedicated server is extremely simple!

To get Node.js installed, you have two choices.  Either install it via the ‘yum’ package manager, or, by checking out the code directly from git.  Either method will work great.

Option 1, via ‘yum’:

1.  SSH to your miniNode, and become root.

su -

2.  Install Node.js via the ‘yum’ command.

yum install nodejs npm

Option 2, via git:

1.  SSH to your miniNode, and become root.

su -

2.  Install git.

yum install git

3.  Check out Node.js from the repository, and then build it.

git clone https://github.com/joyent/node.git
cd node
git checkout v0.10.28 #Try checking nodejs.org for what the stable version is
./configure && make && sudo make install

Finally, use Node.js to build cool applications!

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HOW-TO: Install Node.js on the miniNode ARM Server (Ubuntu)

Installing Node.js on an Ubuntu miniNode ARM dedicated server is extremely simple!

To get Node.js installed, you have two choices.  Either install it via the ‘apt’ package management command, or, by checking out the code directly from git.  Either method will work great.

 

Option 1, via ‘apt’:

1.  SSH to your miniNode, and become root.

su -

2.  Install Node.js via the ‘apt’ command.

apt-get install nodejs

 

 

Option 2, via git:

1.  SSH to your miniNode, and become root.

su -

2.  Install git.

apt-get install git

3.  Check out Node.js from the repository, and then build it.

git clone https://github.com/joyent/node.git
cd node
git checkout v0.10.28 #Try checking nodejs.org for what the stable version is
./configure && make && sudo make install

 

Finally, use Node.js to build cool applications!

 

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Building an ARM Server Cluster

Although we’re still fine tuning our multi-node ARM server platform, we thought it might be interesting to show off the test environment we use to develop with.  Here is what our sandbox looks like.  If you have any questions, feel free to add them to the comments below!

 

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Advantages of ARM Servers

People often ask about the advantages of ARM Servers compared to x86 platforms, so we thought we’d outline a few of the key advantages offered by ARM dedicated microservers.  If you think we missed any, feel free to add your input to the comments section below!

 

ARM Advantage #1:  Cost

Let’s assume you are in the market for a modest dedicated server to host your website, email, or custom services.  A popular provider is HostGator, who offers an entry level server for $174 per month.  It is a dual-core Intel 2.3ghz processor, has 4gb of RAM, CentOS Linux, and 2 IP Addresses.  It will do the job.

However, a miniNode ARM microserver will also do the job.  A dual-core 1ghz ARM processor, 1gb of RAM, and Ubuntu Linux are not quite equal, but for $14 per month you could get 2 of them, and separate the Web and Database servers… most likely achieving similar performance for a fraction of the price.

Also, as ARM continues to make inroads in the datacenter, these specs will quickly catch up to the x86 platforms.

 

ARM Advantage #2:  Power

Let’s continue using that HostGator server as a baseline.  While they don’t disclose the exact thermal specifications of that server, it would be surprising if it had anything less than a 250 to 300 watt power supply driving it.  ARM servers, on the other hand, trace their ancestry to smartphones and tablets, and therefore have a strong focus on efficiency and minimal power consumption.   ARM processors and platforms typically operate within a 1 to 15 watt envelope, with miniNodes drawing right around 5 watts under load.  At datacenter scale, these power savings are enormous.

 

ARM Advantage #3:  Ubiquity

ARM has shipped 50 billion chips, and the Internet of Things, wearables, and smart devices will bring about the next 50 billion in short order.  Servers based on ARM designs are able to seamlessly operate, communicate, and interact with those devices.  Android, Linux, and Windows RT all run on ARM.

Let’s return to the HostGator example one last time.  They advertise “Apache Web Server, MySQL, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby (on Rails), FFMpeg Support” and “IPTables Firewall” are supported on their server.  miniNodes offer that same LAMP software stack, in addition to being an ideal platform for node.js, jQuery, MongoDB, Hadoop, and Python development.

 

Hopefully this helps clarify why ARM is such a disruptive technology in the datacenter and server ecosystem.  Again, we’d love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to add your comments!