Announced at HP Discover: HP Transforms the Data Center with New Apollo Family

"Tomorrow morning marks the beginning of our annual HP Discover customer event, where we’re expecting 10,000 of our customers to attend more than 500 sessions over three jam-packed days. In advance of all of the activity, though, our executives gave the press a sneak peak at how HP is helping enterprises transition to the data center of the future." –The HP Next Team

We have been hard at work looking at how to help our customers revolutionize their data center—enabling it to deliver up to four times the teraflops per rack than their old data center, while also lowering operational costs, reducing energy consumption, and maximizing space efficiency.

Our solution to this puzzle? The new HP Apollo family of high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, which combines a state-of-the-art modular design with innovative power distribution and cooling techniques to address the specific space, power and data center efficiency challenges of HPC environments.

Until now, HPC technology has powered countless breakthroughs in science and engineering as it has enabled governments and academic institutes to move their research from the physical world of laboratories to the digital world of simulations and computer analysis. Use of the technology is now expanding to enterprises that can use them to enhance R&D efforts and gain a competitive edge. Many organizations, however, aren’t equipped to handle the massive compute demands required by traditional HPC systems.

HP Apollo was built from the ground up to transform the data center by delivering improvements in total cost of ownership, performance and density at rack scale—bringing the potential power of HPC to organizations of all sizes.

Building on our legacy of server leadership and innovation, the new HP Apollo systems were developed to address the unique challenges and data center needs of today’s enterprises:

Challenge: Diverse enterprises require the speed and performance to crunch numbers faster—but also need to be mindful of cost, efficiency and ease of use.

Solution: The HP Apollo 6000 System, an air-cooled system that offers the power of HPC to enterprises of all sizes, with an infrastructure that is flexible, affordable and easy to manage.

By leveraging an air-cooled server rack design, external power shelf and our HP Advanced Power Manager, the HP Apollo 6000 can provide more servers per rack than competitive blade solutions to overcome floor-space constraints and reduce energy consumption. Plus, the flexible rack design allows customers to optimize their systems to the specific needs of the wide variety of workloads within their respective businesses.

Challenge: As a cooling medium, liquids offer 1,000 times the efficiency of air.  However, the use of liquid cooling for servers has been limited due to design complexities and risk of damage to expensive HPC systems.

Solution: The HP Apollo 8000 System, the world’s first 100-percent liquid-cooled supercomputer with dry-disconnect servers that keep the components cool and dry.

Designed to offer four times the teraflops per rack compared to air-cooled designs, the Apollo 8000 was also built to be energy efficient, and can help organizations eliminate up to 3,800 tons of carbon dioxide waste from their data center per year.(1) The system also lets customers recycle the warm water used to cool the system as a heat source for their facilities. The U.S. National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) has leveraged its unique design to create one of the world’s most energy-efficient HPC data centers, using the waste heat from their supercomputer to heat adjacent office space.

Challenge: A costly investment and the potential complexities of management and services may deter enterprises from considering the benefits of a new data center.

Solution: HP Apollo Services, a comprehensive portfolio of services that make HPC available to enterprises of all sizes, providing customers with financing, assessment and deployment services, and HP Datacenter Care support. HP Financing for Apollo Servers helps maximize current data center environments and provides a flexible payment plan for the economical purchase of HP Apollo systems.

Simplifying access to HPC

To address the growing demand for HPC, we are also introducing HP Helion Self-Service HPC, a private cloud solution based on the HP Helion OpenStack® cloud platform. The solution provides a self-service portal with HPC resources via a user-friendly application interface. Customers have the option of self-managing the solution, or selecting HP to manage the system with a pay-for-use model. This means our customers can focus on delivering products and innovation—instead of their infrastructure.

We are also investing in new HPC Innovation Hubs to ensure that HPC expertise and compute resources are available to enterprises through partnerships with local universities, community organizations, independent software vendors and channel partners.

Our HP Apollo products and services are designed to help our enterprise customers—no matter the size—use HPC to unleash their potential. Available immediately, our unique and customizable innovations are ready to help transform data centers today in order to accelerate the innovations of tomorrow.


(1)      HP internal estimate comparing HP Apollo 8000 to an air-cooled data center with 3 megawatts of IT. A standard sustainability formula was used to derive CO2 savings in tons using the KW-hr savings based on real-world data center analysis.

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