Japan's Plat'Home launching palm-sized Linux server in U.S.

Palm-sized Linux servers for specialized uses bring back the client-server model.

Plat'Home OpenBlockS
Plat'Home OpenBlockS Plat'Home

Plat'Home, a very early Linux provider in Japan, is bringing back a small, easy-to-use, easy-to-configure solution for growing companies to North America.

Part of the first ecology-friendly line of Linux servers ever shipped in the United States, Plat'Home's OpenBlockS server has been built and tested to provide enterprise-grade reliability in its RISC-based hardware, and has eliminated moving parts including a hard disk drive and cooling fan. It is also RoHS-certified, a European Union directive meaning that it's free of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and other damaging materials.

Plat'Home introduced Linux in Japan in 1993 (yes, 1993!), did a successful IPO in Japan in 2000, and currently ships microservers based on their own mix of Linux and BSD that fit in the palm of your hand.

Plat'Home has a whole series of microservers, but this week's announcement is about its OpenBlockS device, now available to U.S. customers. At 4.5 x 3.2 x 1.5 inches, they can fit practically anywhere. They have no moving parts and can handle pretty extreme temperatures. If you're into hardware specs, here are all the gory details for you.

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Dave Rosenberg has more than 15 years of technology and marketing experience that spans from Bell Labs to startup IPOs to open-source and cloud software companies. He is CEO and founder of Nodeable, co-founder of MuleSoft, and managing director for Hardy Way. He is an adviser to DataStax, IT Database, and Puppet Labs.


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