Derrick Harris (GigaOm):
Online dating service eHarmony is using SeaMicro’s specialized Intel Atom-powered servers as the foundation of its Hadoop infrastructure, demonstrating that big data might be a killer app for low-powered micro servers. The general consensus is that specialized gear from startups such as SeaMicro and Calxeda—which can save money and power by using processors initially designed for netbooks and smartphones instead of servers—will need to attract both applications and big-name users before it really catches on. Big data looks like it might bring both.
Intriguing idea. Amazon seems to be on board already with this direction—the specialized processing infrastructure —by providing the Amazon Cluster GPU.
Original title and link: Big Data on Micro Servers? You Bet (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)