HP unveils Moonshot server, calls it software-defined

HP has finally open the doors to its first Moonshot system, with the first model available today called the Proliant Moonshot, one that is powered by the Intel Atom Processor S1260.

These “Centerton” processors were announced in December 2012 and consistes of two cores running two threads each.

The CPU is clocked at 2GHz, is 64-bit compatible, comes with 1MB of cache, a TDP of 8.5W and is etched on a 32nm process (rather than on Intel’s more advanced 22nm Tri-gate one).

It’s worth noting that it supports only one memory channel and up to 8GB ECC DDR3-1333 memory module.

But scability is what HP is aiming for with a 4.3U chassis that can support up to 45 hot-pluggable, low-energy servers which means that you should be able to plug in 270 of those in an industry standard 26U rack.

It’s worth noting that the processors will come from multiple partners including AMD, AppliedMicro, Calxeda, Intel and Texas Instruments, just like in the good old days.

HP says that a 26U rack will be able to support up to 1,800 servers complete with a network switch and supporting components and claims that Moonshot will consume 89 per cent less energy, use only 20 per cent of the space and cost 77 per cent less than traditional servers.

The Intel-based Moonshot server will be available in North America immediately with Europe, Asia and Latin America following in May and will carry a suggested retail price of around £43,000.