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HP Moonshot: a new style of IT for specialised scale-out workloads

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Executive Summary

With billions of devices that track, gather, and process information, the need for innovative solutions at unprecedented scale, speed, and efficiencies has never been greater. Make no mistake—general-purpose x86 servers will continue to run enterprise applications that support traditional business demands. What HP Moonshot represents is the world’s first software-defined server to run targeted, Internet-scale applications—the types that conventional systems are over-qualified to handle. Simply put, HP Moonshot represents a new style of IT.

HP Moonshot’s low-power Web servers are based on leading-edge processors that consume less power, occupy less space, and cost less than typical x86 processors. They share management, power, cooling, networking, and storage, enabling you to deliver more services with less space, energy, cost, and complexity.

The HP Moonshot 1500 System uses a 4.3U chassis and hosts up to 45 independent hot-plug HP ProLiant servers, all attached to multiple fabrics. Similar to a blade chassis, the HP Moonshot 1500 System Chassis provides shared power, cooling, and management resources for server cartridges. Unlike a blade chassis, it does not have a single, fixed, and shared interconnect backplane. The HP Moonshot 1500 System Chassis contains four independent fabrics—two Ethernet switch fabrics, a storage fabric, a management fabric and a cluster fabric. Each ProLiant server cartridge has access to all four fabrics.

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