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The HP Moonshot team provides answers to your questions about the datacenter of the future

Guest blog written by Monika Gupta, HP Hyperscale Servers

HP Moonshot represents a huge leap forward in infrastructure design - addressing the speed, scale, and specialization needed for a "New Style of IT”, but with the advent of new innovations may also come new questions.  So to help you better understand what is behind the datacenter of the future, the HP Moonshot team compiled a list of common questions and answers to help you better understand this revolutionary new offering.   We hope the following information is helpful!

 

Q: WHAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL IDEA BEHIND THE HP MOONSHOT SYSTEM?

A: The idea is simple—use energy-efficient CPU’s attuned to a particular application to achieve radical power, space and cost savings. Stated another way; creating software defined servers for specific applications that run at scale.

 

Q: WHAT IS INNOVATIVE ABOUT THE HP MOONSHOT ARCHITECTURE? 

A: The most innovative characteristic of HP Moonshot is the architecture. Everything that is a common resource in a traditional server has been converged into the chassis. The power, cooling, management, fabric, switches and uplinks are all shared across 45 hot-pluggable cartridges in a 4.3U chassis.

 

Q: IS THIS AN INDUSTRY FIRST?

A: Yes. HP Moonshot is a “first” on a number of fronts.

  1. Moonshot is the first server that uses up to 89 percent less energy, 80 percent less space, reduces cost by 77 percent and complexity by more than 97 percent over traditional servers[1]
  2. HP is the first major technology company to deliver servers based on processors, which have historically been more commonly found in smart phones and tablets in the past. 
  3. HP is the first to build an open ecosystem (The HP Pathfinder Innovation Ecosystem) to foster collaboration with technology leaders around the world.

 

Q: What DOES THE HP Moonshot system INCLUDe?

A: The system consists of the HP Moonshot 1500 Chassis and optimized HP ProLiant Moonshot servers. These servers offer unique designs and processors from multiple HP partners, each targeting a specific workload.  With support for up to 1,800 servers per rack, HP Moonshot servers occupy 1/10th of the space required by traditional servers, when running one of these new classes of internet applications.  It will be sold as a fully loaded chassis with 45 server cartridges installed along with one switch.

 

The Moonshot System provides a shared infrastructure including networking, management, power, and cooling. These shared components reduce complexity as well as adding to the reduction in energy and space.  

 

Q: DESCRIBE THE HP Moonshot CHASSIS 

A: The HP Moonshot 1500 Chassis has a 4.3U form factor which enables 10 chassis to be stacked into a 47U rack with optional rail kits (HP 4.3U Rail Kit). If the customer wants to deploy at 5U intervals, a spacer is available (HP 0.66U Spacer Blank Kit). The chassis slides out of the rack similar to a file cabinet drawer with a cable management arm on the rear. The hot-plug server cartridges and switches are serviceable from the top.

 

Q: IS THE HP MOONSHOT system BASED ON ARM OR Intel ATOM PROCESSORS?

A: The first HP ProLiant Moonshot Server is targeted at dedicated hosting environments -- situations where a customer does not want their data mixed with other customers on a virtualized server.  The processor is an Intel Atom Processor S1260- 2 GHz, 2 core device with 8GB of DDR 3 ECC memory. There is one processor option best tuned for dedicated hosting. There are several storage options: 500 GB, 1TB, or a 200Gb SSD option (size of SSD will change over time as price points come down).  The initial offering consists of 45 Atom Processor S1260 based server cartridges fully populated in a 4.3U HP Moonshot 1500 Chassis, with one network switch and supporting components.

 

 Available in the second half of 2013, future servers will support emerging web, cloud and massive scale environments, as well as analytics and telecommunications.  Future servers will be built to handle Big Data, High Performance Computing (HPC), gaming, financial services, genomics, facial recognition, video analysis, and other applications.   As members of the Pathfinder Innovation Ecosystem, AMD, Applied Micro, Calxeda, Intel and Texas Instruments Incorporated based server cartridges (along with many others) with both x86 and ARM architectures, are planned to be made available in the near future.

 

Q: EXPLAIN WHAT IS MEANT BY “SOFTWARE DEFINED” SERVER

A: Software defined servers achieve optimal useful work per watt by specializing for a given workload:   matching a software application with available technology that can provide the most optimal performance. For example, the first Moonshot server is tuned for the web front end LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) stack. In the most extreme case of a future FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) cartridge, the hardware truly reflects the exact algorithm required.

 

Q: DESCRIBE THE FABRIC THAT HAS BEEN INTEGRATED INTO THE CHASSIS

A: The HP Moonshot 1500 Chassis has been built for future SOC designs that will require a range of network capabilities including cartridge to cartridge interconnect.   Additionally, different workloads will have a range of storage needs. 

 

There are four separate and independent fabrics that support a range of current and future capabilities; 8 lanes of Ethernet; storage fabric (6Gb SATA) that enable shared storage amongst cartridges or storage expansion to a single cartridge; a dedicated iLO management network to manage all the servers as one; a cluster fabric with point to point connectivity and low latency interconnect between servers.

 

Q: ARE THERE ANY NEW PROGRAMS BEING ANNOUNCED THAT SUPPORT THE HP MOONSHOT SYSTEM?

A: HP also introduced new and expanded programs and services that will accelerate the pace of innovation for businesses that require a breakthrough reduction in density, energy, cost and complexity. These new and expanded programs include:

 

  • HP Pathfinder Innovation Ecosystem – consisting of industry-leading technology partners to accelerate innovation that deliver breakthroughs in efficiency and scale. Expanding to more than 25 processor vendors, operating system developers and independent software vendors (ISVs,) the network will focus on a rapid deployment of cartridges for different workloads.
  • HP Discovery Lab – an expanded program to provide clients access to technology, industry experts and application testing onsite or through remote access staffed by HP technology experts for developing tools, standards and usage models.   Customers can work with their HP account team or send inquiries to hpdiscovery.lab@hp.com for more information.  The process will involve a customer overview meeting, followed by a technical review meeting prior to Discovery Lab engagement.
  • HP Moonshot Concierge Services – this includes the HP Discovery Lab, where customers and partners can test workloads and HP Technology Services support and consulting solutions for platform migration and energy efficiency.as well as planning, installation and maintenance.  Learn more at www.hp.com/services/hyperscale.  

 

Q:  HOW CAN I BUY A MOONSHOT SERVER?

A:  To purchase the HP Moonshot System, please contact your HP Sales Representative or Channel Partner. 

 

 

If you’d like more in-depth information about HP Moonshot, view the HP Moonshot System web page. Also, if you are on Twitter, please follow the @HPHyperscaleaccount for regular updates about Moonshot and other hyperscale server news.



[1] According to HP engineering internal research

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