Infotech Lead America: HP Moonshotsystem promises to use up to 89 percent less energy, 80 percent less space and costing 77 percent less, compared to traditional servers
Meanwhile, Oracle says SPARC servers on fastest microprocessor is better than IBM. Unveiling new mid-range and high-end SPARC server lines, Oracle said its new SPARC T5 midrange servers are based on the SPARC T5, the world’s fastest microprocessor, and deliver better value than several IBM servers. Oracle aims to tap enterprises which are looking to exploit Big Data, to use analytics to discover growth and opportunities, and turn social streams into market intelligence.
Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer, HP, said: “HP Moonshot will change the infrastructure economics and lay the foundation for the next 20 billion devices.”
More than 20 years ago, HP introduced the first commercial UNIX server, the HP 9000 Series 840, as well as the first x86 server, the HP SystemPro. The company has remained the x86 server market leader for the last 16 years.
IBM leads server market in Q4 2012 IBM retains top position in server systems with 36.5 percent market share in Q4 2012. IBM’s Q4 2012 revenue increased 3.1 percent year over year — aided by improvements in demand for its System z mainframes and product refresh cycle.
The new HP Moonshot server is engineered to address the IT challenges created by social, cloud, mobile and big data. HP Moonshot servers are built from chips more commonly found in smartphones and tablets, which allow the servers to deliver reduced energy use and a high-density footprint, all at a significantly lower cost.
The HP Moonshot system consists of the HP Moonshot 1500 enclosure and application-optimized HP ProLiant Moonshot servers. These servers will offer processors from multiple HP partners, each targeting a specific workload.
With support for up to 1,800 servers per rack, HP Moonshot servers occupy one-eighth of the space required by traditional servers. This offers a compelling solution to the problem of physical data center 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 equipped with 45 Intel-based servers, one network switch and supporting components.
The new HP ProLiant Moonshot servers will support emerging web, cloud and massive scale environments, as well as analytics and telecom. Future servers will be delivered for big data, computing, gaming, financial services, genomics, facial recognition, video analysis and other applications.
HP Information Technology has implemented HP Moonshot servers to support the hp.com environment, which receives approximately 3 million visits per day.
The HP Moonshot system is immediately available in the United States and Canada and will be available in Europe, Asia and Latin America beginning next month.
Pricing begins at $61,875 for the enclosure, 45 HP ProLiant Moonshot servers and an integrated switch.
Market research agency IDC forecasts that server demand will begin to improve in the second half of 2013 following a number of critical product refreshes which occurred in the first half of the year.