HP Shows Off AMD-Based Moonshot Server Module
The tech giant, which already sells Intel-based systems, brought a module powered by AMD technology to the chip maker's developer event.SAN JOSE, Calif.—Hewlett-Packard next year will roll out a version of its low-power, ultradense Moonshot server powered by Advanced Micro Devices chips and initially aimed at the growing remote desktop industry. Gary Campbell, infrastructure technology strategy CTO for HP, took the stage briefly here Nov. 11 at AMD's Developer Summit 2013 to show off an upcoming server module that will run on AMD's Opteron chips. Campbell said a remote desktop environment run atop AMD-powered Moonshot systems will be more cost-effective and energy-efficient than a traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployment. The Moonshot servers are HP's answer to the growing demand for more powerful and power-efficient servers from organizations that are running hyperscale data center environments, such as Web-based businesses like Google, Microsoft and Facebook. HP executives first introduced their Project Moonshot in 2011, announcing they were partnering with ARM-based chipmakers like Calxeda, an abrupt departure from HP's reliance on Intel and AMD's x86-based chips. However, the first Moonshot systems were based on Intel's Atom server systems-on-a-chip (SoCs), "Centeron" and then "Avoton." However, HP officials said they were determined to build systems that ran on other architectures as well. In October, the company announced it currently has ARM-powered systems running in its labs, including servers powered by Applied Micro's 64-bit X-Gene SoCs, and that ARM-based Moonshot systems would be coming to market next year.
Now those systems will be joined by systems running on AMD chips, Campbell said.