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HP unveils Moonshot server, calls it software-defined

HP has finally open the doors to its first Moonshot system (opens in new tab), 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.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.