HP teams with Intel on Gemini extreme low-energy servers

Hewlett-Packard is jumping ahead in the low-energy server market with the introduction of Intel Atom-based Gemini.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hewlett-Packard has introduced the Gemini server system as the latest piece of the puzzle in its Project Moonshot low-energy server initiative.

Designed for light scale out production environments, the HP Gemini solutions are touted as the first to feature Intel Atom "Centerton"-based server cartridges. HP insists that Gemini is also processor-neutral for a federated environment infrastructure.

Intended to introduce a new era of extreme scale computing, HP is touting Project Moonshot as the industry's first comprehensive program to unlock extreme low energy server savings.

By 2015, extreme low-energy servers could grow to 10 to 15 percent of the global server market, according to HP analysts.

"We're going to disrupt the market overall," said Paul Santeler, vice president and general manager of HP's Hyperscale business unit, explaining at a demonstration event on Tuesday morning that HP is working to take advantage of this opportunity now by providing more efficient compute rates for less energy and fewer costs.

Jason Waxman, general manager of Intel's cloud infrastructure group, added that there is a whole category emerging for new applications, such as Hadoop, that will run on these extreme, low-power types of server, driving scale out.

"The whole goal is to provide a level of optimization that doesn't really exist today," Waxman noted.

HP chose Intel's 6-watt, 32-nanometer Centerton server cartridges because it has datacenter-class features such as 64-bit support, error correcting code memory, and hardware virtualization.

Gemini is also being positioned as a way for HP to round out its server catalog alongside HP ProLiant servers for the cloud, built on HP's converged infrastructure.

Project Moonshot falls into a three-part strategy for redefining business computing. Project Odyssey was designed to change the future of mission-critical computing, while Project Voyager focuses on the enterprise and rethinking expectations and economics of data centers.

The Gemini server with Centerton-based compute cartridges are currently already in use at HP's Discovery Lab in Houston. It is expected to roll out for customer testing soon and will start shipping by the end of the year.