HP today announced commercial availability of the HP Moonshoot 1500 its hyperscale computing platform. The current HP Moonshoot 1500 utilizes Atom S1260 nodes each armed with gigabit NICs a data drive and a single DIMM slot. The entire chassis is a 4.3U design and fits a total of 45 hot pluggable servers. More or less taking the concepts we have seen with multi-node systems (e.g. the popular Dell C6100 cloud computing platform we reviewed) and the Supermicro X9SBAA-F Atom S1260 based platform we reviewed. HP is betting that this platform, along with the new sockets it will introduce is going to be disruptive to the industry.
Paul Santeler kicked off the activities as VP and GM of HP’s Hyperscale platforms. I met Paul very briefly in person at the Intel Centerton launch event in San Francisco last year. It was fairly obvious this announcement would be forthcoming. It also explains the fact that the Centerton chips have been hard to come by in the channel.
We have already seen that the Atom S1260 is a huge improvement over the previous generation Intel Atom CPUs. That makes them a great choice for the HP Moonshoot 1500. Further, we see that the HP Moonshoot 1500 went with an x86 architecture first. The ARM (64 bit) army is coming. It will be interesting to see if HP has adopted a common compute node form factor for the HP Moonshoot 1500. We recently posted a bit about how the industry needs a common compute node.
Right now, vendors are concerned with density, but one form factor needs to win in the end. The company hopes that the HP Moonshot 1500 will be setting those standards going forward.
HP is hoping that the Moonshot 1500 series is the same magnitude disruption as the original x86 server introduction in the late 1980’s. Although a small portion of the market at the time, it is now the dominant architecture. HP is projecting this microcloud market to reach 19% of the $40B server industry going forward. Along these lines, HP has a microsite at http://thedisruption.com/. That domain clearly shows how big they thing the opportunity is.
Other highlights include the fact that the company plans to release new sockets and chips in the Moonshoot platform in the near future. Hopefully these follow the same form factors so one can mix and match in a given HP Moonshoot 1500 chassis. Very exciting news indeed!