HP launches Moonshot for third platform

Software-defined servers designed for growing data centres

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HP launches Moonshot for third platform Jabi: We’ve reached a point where the space, power and cost demands of traditional technology are no longer sustainable.
By  Stephen McBride Published  April 15, 2013

HP today unveiled its Moonshot system at an event in Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Hotel, in an attempt to address the space, power and cost constraints of modern data centres.

The new system is said to deliver "compelling new infrastructure economics" by using up to 89% less energy, 80% less space and costing less than 77% compared to traditional x86 servers, according to HP's internal bench tests.

Today's managed services shift has led to mega data centres that face restricted growth due to the current economics of traditional infrastructure, HP argued. HP Moonshot servers are claimed to be a first step towards addressing such constraints.

"With nearly 10bn devices connected to the Internet globally, and predictions for exponential growth in the Middle East, we've reached a point where the space, power and cost demands of traditional technology are no longer sustainable," said Karam Jabi, Industry Standard Server Business unit manager, HP Middle East.

"HP Moonshot marks the beginning of a new style of IT that will change the infrastructure economics and lay the foundation for the growth and development of the Middle East.

The new HP Moonshot system is the second-generation server from HP's Project Moonshot. This new class of server is built around the third-platform technologies of social, cloud, mobile and big data. HP Moonshot servers are built from chips more commonly found in smartphones and tablets, which allow servers to deliver reduced energy consumption and a high-density footprint, all at a significantly lower cost, according to HP.

The Moonshot platform consists of the Moonshot 1500 system and application-optimised HP ProLiant Moonshot servers. The servers will offer processors from multiple HP partners, each targeting a specific workload.

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