Computing giant Hewlett-Packard on Monday announced that it will be adding two ARM-based servers to its Project Moonshot lineup of servers.
Most of HP servers are still powered by Intel chips. HP sells more servers than anyone in the world, and this is the first time in the recent years that businesses and organizations buying servers can decide the kind of processors to be used inside them.
Previously, companies had no other choice in server chips and the Opteron from Advanced Micro devices was their only choice which failed to keep competitive space with Intel. ARM chips are the ones used in most of the world’s smartphones and tablets.
The first of the HP Moonshot systems – the HP ProLiant m400 server features 64-bit ARM chips and is powered by Applied Micro’s eight core X-Gene system-on-chip and running the Ubuntu operating system. The new additions will be demonstrated at ARM’s Techcon 2014 show Oct. 1-3 in Santa Clara, Calif. The m400 is designed for web caching, high performance computing and big data analysis with HP claiming up to 35% reduction in total cost of ownership compared to rack servers. Sandia National Laboratories and University of Utah have already signed up as early customers for the m400.
The second new server is the HP ProLiant m800, a 32-bit ARM-based machine. The server displays KeyStone architecture-basd 66AK2Hx SoCs from Texas Instruments featuring four ARM Cortex-A15 cores and integrated digital signal processor (DSPs) and HP’s 2D Torus Mesh Fabric. It also comes with Ubuntu OS. Th system is optimized for real-time data processing of high volume, complex data, such as pattern analysis and PayPal is using the HP ProLiant m800 in their systems Intelligence project, according to HP officials.
HP is also combining the HP ProLiant m800 server with Enea Telco Development Platform and eInfochips Multimedia Transcode Engine to provide a unified development platform for accelerated development of network functions for telco customers.
HP isn’t the only one going to expand its server family. Dell is expected to follow soon and others will likely come up with new additions eventually.