HP Project Moonshot

HP Project Moonshot is a multiyear, multiphase program dedicated to designing extreme low-energy server technologies. The project uses HP Converged Infrastructure technology to allow the sharing of resources—including storage, networking, management, power, and cooling—across thousands of servers while reducing power and cooling usage.

Through these efforts, HP expects data center efficiencies to reach new heights for select workloads and applications, consuming up to 89% less energy and 94% less space, while reducing overall costs up to 63% compared with traditional server systems.1

Project Moonshot is the result of 10 years of extensive research on low-energy computing infrastructure performed by HP Labs, the company's central research arm. Project Moonshot and other ongoing sustainability research from HP Labs paves the way to the future of low-energy computing for emerging web, cloud, and massive scale environments.

Project Moonshot is based on experience gained through HP's leading low-energy innovations such as HP Data Center Smart Grid, which enables customers to double or triple their data center capacity,2 as well as the HP POD 240a (nicknamed HP EcoPOD), a modular, energy-efficient data center that uses 95% less facilities energy.3 The Project Moonshot infrastructure is an extension of the industry-leading HP ProLiant line of servers, which incorporates traditional x86 processors from Intel and AMD, and has been the top server choice for 61 quarters.4

HP Project Moonshot includes three essential elements:

  • The HP Redstone Server Development Platform — Featuring extreme low-energy server processors, HP Redstone incorporates more than 2,800 servers in a single rack, reducing cabling, switching, and the need for peripheral devices while delivering a 97% reduction in complexity.
  • The HP Discovery Lab — Each Discovery Lab will let clients experiment, test, and benchmark applications on the HP Redstone platform, as well as on other extreme low-energy platforms and traditional servers.
  • The HP Pathfinder Program — This ecosystem of industry leaders—including independent software vendors and computing, storage, and networking partners—encourages development of Project Moonshot elements within open industry standards.

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1 Based on internal HP testing and calculations in lab environment.

2Based on internal HP data.

3 New POD technology from HP offers 95% greater energy efficiency compared with a traditional brick-and-mortar data center, based on internal HP testing.

4 "Q2 '11 Worldwide Server Tracker," IDC, Aug. 24, 2011.