November 1, 2011 – HP launched a new program for sharing storage, networking, management and energy resources across thousands of servers, which it plans as a boost to cloud deployment and advances in “low-energy” server technology.

Introduced Tuesday by HP, Project Moonshot is a multiyear, three-fold program for combining resources in highly federated data environments. It consists of HP Redstone Server Deployment platform, the first of a line of server development platforms built on HP’s Converged Infrastructure technology that incorporates 2,800 servers into one rack. The platform features Calxeda EnergyCore ARM Cortext low-energy processors, with plans for Intel Atom-based processors and others, and is slated for limited availability in the first half of 2012, according to a company news release on the program.

HP anticipates significant reductions in server complexity through reductions in cabling, server switching and peripheral devices. Paul Santeler, VP and general manager of HP’s hyperscale business unit, said cutting cost and energy use for growing data volumes and needs prompted the new program.

“Companies with hyperscale environments are facing a crisis in capacity that requires fundamental changes at the architectural level,” said Santeler in a news release on Project Moonshot.

In another aspect of the program, HP Discovery Lab enables clients to test and benchmark applications on the platform, as well as other low-energy platforms and traditional servers. The lab is set to open in Houston in January, followed by sites in Europe and Asia, with remote or onsite testing options.

The final component is the Pathfinder Program, an open industry standards data center development venture under the umbrella of HP’s AllianceONE partner program. Pathfinder includes independent software vendors’ contributions to hardware, software and technical expertise, and participants are expected to include RedHat, AMD, ARM Holdings, Calxeda and Canonical.

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