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HP announces low-power Moonshot system based on an Intel Atom chip

Looks to remain the leader in servers
Mon Apr 08 2013, 17:10
HP Moonshot

STRUGGLING ENTERPRISE VENDOR HP announced its second generation HP Moonshot system on Monday, which is available commercially from today.

Unveiled at a glossy event in London, HP's second generation Moonshot system is the first to be made commercially available and is focused on "social, mobile, cloud and big data," said HP CEO Meg Whitman via a video stream.

The Moonshot system consists of the HP Moonshot 1500 4.3U server enclosure and the application-optimised HP Proliant Moonshot servers, which are built from chips most commonly found in smartphones and tablets. The first servers will be shipped with an Intel Atom S1200 chip, HP said.

This means, compared to previous servers that are now showing their age, HP's Moonshot system uses 89 percent less energy and takes up 80 percent less space. The cartridge measures roughly the same size as a hard cover book and the HP Moonshot system supports up to 450 servers per rack. 

HP also said its Moonshot system is 77 percent more cost-effective than other servers, adding that it doesn't expect the competition to deliver similar products any time soon as it has created a full ecosysem with its latest Moonshot system.

"Future servers will be released at accelerated rates. We think we can launch new software-defined servers up to three times as fast as traditional servers," David Donatelli, head of enterprise at HP said.

"It's a new class of service designed to run internet scale workloads, and will allow enterprises to define their servers.

"Moonshot addresses the space, energy, cost and complexity issues which make today's computer platforms unsustainable. We had to dramatically rethink how the server is built. It's time to move to a new era of software defined servers, and that's why we announced Moonshot. Companies can generate a greater revenue from a smaller footprint."

HP also announced an enhanced partner programme on Monday called the HP Pathfinder Innovation Ecosystem, which consists of over 25 silicon vendors, including AMD and Intel, dedicated to the rapid development of new servers.

The firm showed off some of its future servers at today's event, including its quad solution consisting of four servers, which is based on a next generation Intel Avoton chip. HP also showed off a server based on a Texas Instruments chip and another equipped with a Calxeda processor, both of which will arrive later in the year. µ


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