HP Moonshot: Lifting Off with Intel Atom and Xeon Processors

On my way back from Vegas now – a jam packed, 36 hours where I never saw the sun and never left the hotel (and didn’t sleep much) – but well worth the trip all the same.  I attended HP’s Discover conference for two days with a primary focus to listen to HP’s top executives and a number of their customers discuss the new Moonshot system that launched just this past April.  And it wasn’t hard to do – Moonshot certainly was the rock star of the event!

Honestly, I was expecting a lather, rinse, repeat from the recent launch, but was pleasantly surprised to see HP do a double click down into exactly when, where and why a customer would want to  use Moonshot…and even more importantly, where not to use Moonshot.  This type of clarity was exactly what the audience was looking for in my opinion and Paul Santeler, VP and GM of HP’s Hyperscale division did an excellent job of it in his break out seminar.  A few key points:

  • Moonshot is not a replacement for their traditional server systems like the DL/SL line and blades – it’s an augmentation.  Designed for light weight, scale out workloads and consumable only in a fully loaded chassis (45 Intel® Atom® S family SOC-based cartridges today, with option to quadruple the density with 180 cartridges with the next gen “Avoton” based cartridges coming later this year) – it’s a platform targeted at web-scale environments with applications written and optimized for  light weight, distributed workloads
  • The application is “back in charge”.  Moonshot is configurable across compute, network and storage based on the application need.  Instead of running every DC app on a general purpose server, light weight, scale out applications can run on a flexible, easy to configure infrastructure.  One can now optimize across such workloads as static web, batch analytics and simple content delivery, all by turning the knobs on the HP Moonshot system.  And although there is only one production cartridge shipping today (based on the world’s first 64-bit, 6W, data center class SOC - the Atom S 1200), soon there will be a range of cartridges that span software compatible Atom to Xeon® processors to address a broader range of workloads.
  • Good things come from collaboration.  Intel and HP have been working together on Moonshot for a number of years, since the initial design and development stages.  We are proud that HP chose Intel to be the lead partner for Moonshot and we will continue to innovate together and deliver more value to our end users.  Together we bring decades of experience, a full platform portfolio and a developed ecosystem just waiting to explore Moonshot.  The best is yet to come.

Congrats to HP on a successful show.  Big kudos to Meg for weaving in Kevin Bacon into the opening keynote (hit me up on twitter at @RaejeanneS if you want more on this!).  And thank you for choosing Intel as your collaboration partner.

What’s next for Intel in this space? Well, my whirlwind travel schedule continues next week at the ODCA Forecast’13 and GigaOm Structure’13 events in San Francisco, a great confluence of enterprise experts talking cloud adoption at Forecast and industry insiders discussing the future of cloud infrastructure innovation at Structure.  In the meantime, for the latest on what Intel is doing with our products, solutions and customers, please visit the IT Center on Intel.com.