HP Launches Moonshot Servers With ARM Chips


HP unveiled two ARM-based servers on Monday, including its first enterprise-class 64-bit ARM-based server. The new servers are part of the HP ProLiant Moonshot portfolio, and deliver high-density, ARM-based systems for hyperscale, datacenter environments.

The ProLiant Moonshot 64-bit server, the HP ProLiant m400, is the result of a multi-year effort involving customer input and ARM ecosystem, says HP. The servers are based on the X-Gene Server on a Chip from Applied Micro Circuits with Canonical Ubuntu operating system.

The ProLiant m800 is a 32-bit ARM-based server, and has the KeyStone architecture-based 66AK2Hx SoCs from Texas Instruments. The server features four ARM Cortex-A15 cores and integrated digital signal processors (DSPs), Canonical, and HP 2D Torus Mesh Fabric in combination with Serial Rapid I/O, to deliver what the company says will be three times more bandwidth and 90 percent low latency data throughput.

Antonio Neri (Senior vice president and general manager, Servers and Networking, HP): ARM technology will change the dynamics of how enterprises build IT solutions to quickly address customer challenges.

The ARM ecosystem on the HP ProLiant Moonshot servers will feature Ubuntu, and orchestration tools Juju and Metal-as-a-Service (MAAS) software pre-installed. IBM Informix is the only commercially available database to run HP’s ProLiant Moonshot micro server architecture. HP is combining the HP ProLiant m800 server with Enea Telco Development Platform and eInfochips Multimedia Transcode Engine for telco customers.

Sandia National Laboratories and University of Utah will use the HP ProLiant m400 server for high performance computing and scientific research. PayPal is using the HP ProLiant m800 in their Systems Intelligence project.

The new servers and related solutions are currently available through HP and worldwide channel partners. Pricing will vary based on model and customer configurations. HP also released a production-ready platform for developers to develop, test and port applications to the 64-bit ARM-based server.

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