10x less power consumption, 40x less cables, 10x less switches, 20x less racks, 4x more servers for 3x lower cost.
HP, the biggest Server maker in the world, is launching the ARM Powered Project Moonshot to revolutionize the server market. Together with Calxeda, they are launching the new custom designed Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 EnergyCore processor that can be stuffed in a completely redesigned server rack to offer many more servers in a much smaller space and consuming much less power at a much lower cost.
You can be sure Google, Facebook, Amazon are looking into using these instead of Intel servers as soon as possible.
Now that Intel is losing the battle to powering the client device, they are also about to loose the battle to powering the cloud.
One little warning though. HP is Intel's biggest Server customer today. Intel provides most of the server processors for HP's $16 Billion per year server business today. So you never know what kinds of threats or "incentives" Intel might come up with now that HP has announced the Project Moonshot and Intel might try to lure HP into getting a discount on current server chips and using the Intel Atom instead. Expect Google, IBM, Dell and others to soon announce their own ARM Powered server projects also.
- HP's Project Moonshot Targets Low-Power Servers (datacenterknowledge.com)
- HP Project Moonshot reveals low-power Redstone ARM servers (slashgear.com)
- HP's Project Moonshot works on low-power ARM, Atom servers (electronista.com)
- ARM Breaks Into One Of Intel's Strongholds (ARMH, INTC, HPQ) (businessinsider.com)
- HP Project Moonshot hurls ARM servers into the heavens (go.theregister.com)
- Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Ubuntu & HP's project Moonshot (cloud.ubuntu.com)
- HP's Project Moonshot aims to make ARM servers mainstream (zdnet.com)