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HP to announce Project Moonshot hyperscale servers next week

Agam Shah | April 3, 2013
Hewlett-Packard next week will unveil a class of hyperscale servers as part of Project Moonshot, the company's attempt to build densely packed low-power servers that can scale performance quickly.

Moonshot servers could be used in large data centers, private cloud implementations or by service providers in specific-use cases, said Crawford Del Prete, executive vice president of worldwide research at IDC.

Companies are increasingly trying to get more productivity and power efficiency out of servers, and implementing low-power cores could help efficiently run specific Web and cloud tasks, Del Prete said.

But companies that choose ARM servers will have to work with HP to recompile code, Del Prete said.

Server applications are mostly written for x86 processors, but there is growing support for ARM with companies like Red Hat, Cloudera, Ubuntu and Oracle bringing OS and software support to ARM architecture.

 

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