HP Launches Open-Design Servers for the Cloud
HP announced its partnership with Chinese manufacturer Foxconn in May 2014, combining HP's server expertise with Foxconn's massive manufacturing capabilities to give Google, Facebook and others an alternative to the home-grown or ODM-developed systems. The Cloudline systems offer the open designs the service providers are pushing for while including the support and services that vendors like HP can provide. The tech giant is taking a similar path in networking. HP last month said it was joining other vendors, such as Dell and Juniper Networks, in offering open networking switches that can run a variety of operating systems and software from other vendors. The company last month announced a partnership with Accton Technology to build software-independent switches that will run Cumulus' Linux networking OS. The Altoline of open switches also are aimed at service providers and Web-scale companies. The Cloudline servers are powered by Intel's latest Xeon E5-2600 v3 chips. The first to come out include two 1U (1.75-inch) systems, the CL1100 (for front-end Web performance workloads) and CL2100 (for memory- and storage-intensive applications), and the 2U (3.5-inch) CL2200 for big data and storage-intensive cloud workloads. In addition, HP is offering two other systems—the CL7100 and CL7300—for rack deployments in a server-sled form factor that share such components as power and cooling, according to HP officials. The servers are expected to be available for order at the end of the month.
HP also is offering a range of services to complement the Cloudline systems, including HP Datacenter Care for Service Providers—offering personalized support and management of heterogeneous data centers—and Service Provider Growth Suite of investment and asset management options from HP Financial Services. HP also offers a pay-as-you-grow model to enable service providers to rapidly scale their environments while paying only for what they use.