HP made another major announcement this week. HP launched Project Moonshot. This initiative stems from the Software Defined Data Center initiative we have heard a lot about the over the last 18 months. HP Moonshot is a software defined serverÂ line with an Intel-based Atom system available today and more chip-sets planned in the future.
The HP Moonshot is a new class of server designed to run Internet scale workloads. This will allow enterprises to customize their server to optimize a specific workload. This will make it a server designed for the software that will run on it.
Based on HP Internal analysis the moonshot servers
consumeÂ 89% less energy
take up 80%less space
cost 77% less and
are 97% less complex
HP realizes that the data center footprint needs to decrease to help support the upcoming IT Trends. HPÂ is pushing themselves and their competitors to be more innovative when it comes to the server market.Â Mobile devices connected over the Internet continue to grow exponentially, Social Media, Cloud and Big Data are pushing IT companies to do more with less. How many times have we heard that! HP is very clear in who will benefit the most. Web hosting, cloud and scale out applications are the driving force behind this innovation…In other words large data center workloads. This message is very consistent with what I have been hearing lately. Go big or go home. HP’s message for the smaller and medium sized business gets lost in these announcements because of their focus on larger workloads and high performance computing. But in reality you cannot blame them. From reading various articles about Moonshot yesterday,Â HP expects the architecture to broaden to other use cases for smaller data centers.Â HP needs a significant turnaround from a financial perspective and catering to large enterprise is probably their safest bet in the short term.
Here is what the HP Moonshot server looks like.
The HP Moonshot 1500 System chassis is similar to a blade chassis, but much bigger. It is a 4.3U (7.5 inches tall) chassis that hosts 45 independent hot-plug ProLiant Servers, Â all attached to multiple fabrics. Like a blade chassis, the HP Moonshot 1500 SystemÂ chassis sports shared power, cooling, and management resources for those server Â cartridges
The entire announcement is rather exciting in the server space and more so for IT in general. As Dave Donatelli said, we may look back and remember this as a time of significant change in the server industry. HP has taken note of companies like Facebook and Google and their initiatives to build their own custom servers inside their huge data centers. Will this discourage companies to continue this trend and go with a vendor like HP for their specific server needs?
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All pics in this article were taken from HP.com