Monday, April 8, 2013

HP Launches 2nd Gen Moon Shot Servers

HP introduced its "Moonshot" software-defined servers promising up to 89 percent less energy usage, 80 percent less space and costing 77 percent less, compared to traditional servers.

The new HP Moonshot system, which is aimed at mega data centers, represents the second-generation server from HP’s Project Moonshot. The HP Moonshot system consists of the HP Moonshot 1500 enclosure and application-optimized HP ProLiant Moonshot servers. The servers will use a variety of new processors from multiple HP partners, each targeting a specific workload.

A key part of the Moonshot design is that each chassis shares traditional components including the fabric, HP Integrated Lights-Out (iLo) management, power supply and cooling fans. These shared components reduce complexity as well as add to the reduction in energy use and space.  

The first HP ProLiant Moonshot server is available with the Intel Atom S1200 processor and supports web-hosting workloads. HP Moonshot 1500, a 4.3u server enclosure, is fully equipped with 45 Intel-based servers, one network switch and supporting components.

Future HP ProLiant Moonshot servers will use chips from AMD, AppliedMicro, Calxeda, Intel and Texas Instruments.

HP is already using Moonshot servers to support its website, which receives approximately 3 million visits per day.

“With nearly 10 billion devices connected to the internet and predictions for exponential growth, we’ve reached a point where the space, power and cost demands of traditional technology are no longer sustainable,” said Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer, HP. “HP Moonshot marks the beginning of a new style of IT that will change the infrastructure economics and lay the foundation for the next 20 billion devices.”