HP's first wave of Project Moonshot low-power servers, code named Gemini, will feature Intel's Atom-based Centerton processors.
When HP unveiled Project Moonshot last November, it touted its partnership with startup Calxeda, which makes ARM processor-based servers.
But for its first Gemini servers, which are slated to arrive later this year, HP is teaming up with Intel.
HP's Gemini servers work with server cartridges that are tailored for specific workloads. The Centerton cartridges will feature 64-bit support, error-correcting code memory and VT-x, Intel's hardware virtualisation technology, which make them ideal for data center environments, said HP's Hyperscale boss Paul Santeler.
Typical workloads for Gemini servers will be hosting, content delivery, analytics and distributed memory caching using technology such as Hadoop and memcached, according to Jason Waxman, general manager of Intel's cloud infrastructure group.
"This is new way to address this part of the market," he said.
Santeler declined to discuss specific features of the Gemini servers.
HP and Intel are working together to tune Centerton specifically for Gemini servers, taking into account density of the underlying infrastructure and the frequency and power profile HP feels will be optimal for app workloads, Santeler said.
Santeler said the server cartridge design is HP's way of ensuring that the Gemini line won't become outdated and can keep up with the evolving needs of the industry.
"We designed a server and server infrastructure that will be relevant for many years," he said.
HP's Project Moonshot Web is currently being hosted by one Centerton server. In HP's Discovery Labs, tests have shown it's possible to run 300 concurrent sessions on a single Centerton system -- or about 2,500 concurrent web pages -- and to do this with a fraction of the power consumption of typical servers, the executives said.
This article originally appeared at crn.com
Issue: 315 | May 2013
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