HP aims to bring more HPC to enterprises

At its Discover conference, HP outlined plans to bring more high-performance computing to the enterprise with a series of Apollo servers. HP also rolled out storage, networking, and virtualization pieces of its datacenter stack.

Hewlett Packard on Monday launched a series of high-performance computing systems designed to expand enterprise usage. HP also launched HPC as a service on its Helion cloud platform.

The family of systems falls under the Apollo brand and HP argues that they can deliver four times the performance of standard rack servers. The Apollo family is also designed to be modular for easier enterprise consumption. HP announced the product line at its Discover conference in Las Vegas.

For HP, the Apollo family complements its rack blade servers as well as its ARM- and Intel Atom-based Moonshot servers. According to HP, the Apollo portfolio includes the 6000 System, which is air-cooled, and the 8000 System, which is a supercomputer with water cooling. HP is also wrapping services around the HPC systems.

The Apollo 6000 System can use 160 servers per rack while using less space and energy. The Apollo 8000 System is liquid-cooled and can pack 144 servers in a rack.

As for the cloud play on HP's HPC strategy, the company launched Helion Self-Service, which will be available in June 2014 as a private cloud effort. The Apollo 6000 and 8000 will be available to order today.

HP's HPC strategy is the headliner in a series of announcements designed to put more meat on the company's datacenter strategy. HP added all-flash storage arrays, software-defined networking tools, converged systems for virtualization, and services that emphasize a pay-as-you-go model.

The Apollo 8000.

Here's the breakdown:

  • The company launched the HP 3Par StoreServe 7450 storage array that is all-flash and has economics on par with traditional hard drives. HP also updated its backup and recovery tools.

  • On the networking front, HP outlined its HP Virtual Cloud Networking SDN (software defined networking) applications. HP's spin on virtual cloud networking is based on open standards. HP also designed its SDN software to work with its switches and Helion cloud stack.

  • HP said it will use its OneView software, which manages converged systems, to manage its 3Par storage gear as well as VMware and Microsoft environments.

  • The company also integrated its ConvergedSystem 300 and 700 for virtualization with OneView.

  • And, finally, HP is launching a service called Flexible Capacity, which is a pay-as-you-go model that integrates public and private cloud as well as traditional datacenters into one pool.