Iliad’s Online Labs Offers Quad Core ARMv7 Dedicated Servers

Iliad (Free) is a French company known to bring the price of technology down for the masses. Several years ago, they disrupted the Internet broadband market, by bringing low cost triple play broadband services to market, and more recently they entered the mobile market with 2 Euros 3G/4G monthly subscriptions. The company also owns providing hosting services, and which has recently launched a public preview for Online Labs cloud platform. Most hosted solutions nowadays relies on x86 servers and virtualization, but Online Labs instead features dedicated physical ARM servers connected to SSDs.

Iliad C1 Server Module
Iliad C1 Server Module

The company call their custom-made credit-card size server modules C1 boards, completely unrelated to ODROID-C1 boards, as those are powered by a quad core ARMv7 Marvell processor with 2GB RAM, and a 1Gb/s network interfaces. These are then assembled into racks as shown below.

OnlineLabs-C1-FrontBoardAnd finally 16 racks are inserted into a chassis with a control board, and power supply. Based on the picture above and below, I count 288 C1 servers, but the company claims “912 servers per rack”,


That’s for the hardware. On the software front, a control panel offers options to create, snapshot, image and clone servers, and it takes two clicks to create a Linux server, and the system boot in about 30
seconds on SSDs. It also comes with on-demand storage, movable IPs and an S3 compatible object storage service.

A free 15-minute trial is available on, if you can access the service which is currently pretty busy. The trial server(s) run(s) Ubuntu Utopic 14.10 with docker pre-installed on a 20GB SSD. You can also “ask for an invite” to get a full preview.

I manage to get a free trial for 15-minutes, but instead of logging in the web browser, I logged in via SSH with is more convenient to copy/paste the terminal output.

I’ve run some command to get some more infor about the system:

The exact Marvell processor is Armada 370/XP running a recent Linux 3.17.

Let’s also check storage and RAM:

20 SSD and 2GB RAM as advertized.

Here’s the Linux kernel boot log for those who want to known more details without trying.

Finally, I’ve tested the network performance with speedtest command line:

I could only wish I had that kind of broadband speed at home…

Pricing and broad availability have not been announced, but I understand they may follow an hourly pricing, similar to what Digital Ocean offers based on an article on Venture Beat.

Thanks to Benjamin for the tip.

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