HP has launched a new industry program, which includes a new server development platform, customer discovery lab and partner ecosystem in order to assist customers reduce complexity, energy use and cost. The program, named Project Moonshot, combined with HP Converged Infrastructure technology allows resource sharing of storage, networking, management, power and cooling across thousands of servers.
The Project Moonshot infrastructure is an extension of the industry-leading HP ProLiant brand of servers, which incorporates traditional x86 processors from Intel and AMD. The project is designed to move toward low-energy server technology and promote industry collaboration in hyperscale computing environments including cloud and on-demand computing. Project Moonshot is based on HP’s experiences with its low-energy solutions including HP Data Center Smart Grid and HP EcoPOD.
“Companies with hyperscale environments are facing a crisis in capacity that requires a fundamental change at the architectural level,“ said Paul Santeler, vice president and general manager, Hyperscale Business Unit, Industry Standard Servers and Software, HP. “HP has a strong track record of leading market transitions that enable our clients to stay ahead of the technology curve, maximize their ability to innovate and speed their time to market of new services while reducing costs and energy use.“
Project Moonshot is a multi-year, multi-phased program, which HP reports includes three elements to support the industry's evolution to hyperscale computing:
- The HP Redstone Server Development Platform which is the first in a line of HP server development platforms featuring extreme low-energy server processors. It incorporates more than 2,800 servers in a single rack, reducing cabling, switching and the need for peripheral devices, and delivering a 97 percent reduction in complexity, to be available in limit in the first half of next year.
- The HP Discovery Lab which enables clients to experiment, test and benchmark applications on the HP Redstone Server Development Platform, and other extreme low-energy platforms, as well as on traditional servers.
- The HP Pathfinder Program, part of the HP AllianceONE partner program, which helps clients with data center efforts and encourages development of elements of the Project Moonshot program within open industry standards.