Living Example: HP Moonshot System

Our second generation Moonshot server, launched in 2013, is the result of 10 years of ongoing work by HP Labs researchers, which takes advantage of our industry-leading server intellectual property.

Problem
Technology is the defining industry of our generation, and the cloud has become one of the great equalizers across societies globally. But to handle the explosive amount of data being generated every second, an estimated 8 to 10 million new servers in the equivalent of 200 football-field-sized data centers, are needed for the cloud over the next three years. That is simply not a sustainable path for growth.

Vision
Create a paradigm shift in data center economics and environmental footprint through our game-changing server architecture to help reduce the carbon footprint of the cloud.

Solution
Moonshot is a new type of server, tailored for specific workloads and high performance. By sharing management, power, cooling, networking, and capacity across a large number of units, it increases your computing capability while reducing resource use.

  • Our Moonshot system consumes up to 89% less energy, uses 80% less space, and costs 77% less1 than a traditional server environment. A rack that once held 64 standard servers accommodates 1,800 Moonshot servers.
  • Moonshot has already increased the efficiency of our own data centers. Our website, HP.com, receives about nine billion hits per month. After moving it to the Moonshot server infrastructure, our high-traffic site is now powered by the equivalent of just twelve 60-watt light bulbs.
  • If Moonshot servers are used for the expansion of cloud and web services over the next three years, they would save more than 10 million square feet of data center space. Replacing just 1,000 standard servers with Moonshot reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by the equivalent of removing 18,000 cars from the road for one year.2

Impact

Environmental Progress: HP Moonshot servers use up to 89% less energy and require 80% less space than traditional server architecture, reducing the electricity consumption, carbon impacts, and physical footprint of servers.

Economic Progress: Moonshot servers cost up to 77% less1 than traditional server architecture and take up much less space, helping businesses more easily respond to increasing computing demands.

Human Progress: By providing greater accessibility and capacity for cloud computing, we can further expand the use of technology to track trends and deliver insights that help improve the health and well-being of people worldwide.

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1 When HP DL360p servers deployed for Dedicated Hosting are replaced by HP ProLiant Moonshot servers. Cost estimates include acquisition costs for server and networking, power costs, power distribution and cooling costs, and infrastructure costs for the datacenter floor space over three years.

2When 100,000 HP DL360p servers deployed for Dedicated Hosting are replaced by 100,000 HP Moonshot ProLiant Servers. When 100,000 standard servers are replaced with Moonshot, 1 metric ton of CO2e is equivalent to 0.208 (http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html) and passenger vehicles not driven per one year is 18,797.

HP Moonshot System