Hewlett-Packard on Monday expanded its HP Moonshot server line with a new solution for efficiently running multiple hosted desktops.
The company also released two new modular server cartridges to the market based on new Atom and AMD processors, introduced a new upcoming module with eight digital signal processor cores, and unveiled new 15-cartridge starter packs to help customers and partners more easily start adopting the technology.
The new hosted desktop solution and starter packs, as well as new cartridges, show how far the HP Moonshot platform has grown since it was first introduced about two years ago, said John Gromala, senior director of hyperscale product marketing at HP.
"We're now at the point where we're taking the underlying capabilities of Moonshot and making it possible to grow quickly over time," Gromala said.
HP on Monday said that two of its Moonshot server cartridges are now available starting this week.
The first is the HP ProLiant m300, a server cartridge based on the Intel Intel Atom C2000 "Avoton" processor.
Each ProLiant m300 has an Atom Avoton processor with eight cores, a 500-GB hard drive, and 32 GBs of memory. They support the Microsoft Windows Server and other operating systems, are targeted mainly at web server applications, Gromala said.
HP also released its ProLiant m700 cartridges, which includes four AMD Opteron-based mini servers, each with an integrated 32-GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM. The result, Gromala said, is 180 servers in a 4.3-U chassis with a built-in 180-port switch and an option for a redundant switch.
The ProLiant m700 is the base on which HP has built its first application-specific Moonshot server.
That solution, the Converged System 100 for Hosted Desktops, combines 45 ProLiant m700 server cartridges with integrated graphics prepackaged to run 180 hosted desktops. It has a list price of A$159,000.
HP also unveiled new starter packs of Moonshot server cartridges as a way to help ease partners' and customers' entry into the HP Moonshot infrastructure.
The first package, the 15 HP ProLiant m300 server cartridges, each with a 500-GB hard drive and 32 GB of memory along with a chassis and a single switch has a list price of under US$25,000.
The second package is the 15 HP ProLiant m700 quad-server cartridges, along with a chassis and a single switch, with a list price of under US$37,000. Each of the 60 individual servers in the bundle comes with a 32-GB SSD and 8 GB of memory.
The third package is one of HP's original Intel Centerton Atom-based Moonshot cartridges with chassis for a list price of under US$15,000.
HP also unveiled a new cartridge, the ProLiant m800, which features an ARM processor and eight digital signal processor (DSP) cores, from Texas Instruments. Gromala said the ProLiant m800 was custom-designed for use in the telco market, or in other fields where DSPs are commonly used, including media transcoding or oil and gas.
The ProLiant m800 this week is available in the HP Discovery Labs for potential clients looking to build and test applications prior to its release sometime next year, he said.
HP recognised that channel-focused sales of its Moonshot servers is still in the early stages.
"We're working on programs with the channel to offer training," Gromala said. "We think the starter kits with help increases the breadth of channel partners we can work with. And the Converged System 100 for Hosted Desktops is ideal for channel partners with a hosted desktop practice."