HP Moonshot Servers: Cleared for Launch Today
HP Project Moonshot, Hewlett-Packard's(NYSE:HPQ) next-generation server push, launches today as expected. The microservers are expected to run ARM or Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) Atom processors — demanding very little power to generate big performance for web applications. But will HP CEO Meg Whitman effectively position Moonshot servers for channel partners?
The VAR Guy gave readers some clues about Moonshot a few days ago. But the official launch is today, April 8. Readers should expect a steady flood of HP announcements starting around 11am ET and perhaps continuing throughout the day.
Yes, this is a big deal. Demand for traditional x86 servers in the SMB channel — especially among very small businesses — is falling as traditional offerings like Microsoft Small Business Server get retired amid the shift to cloud computing. HP needs to somehow deliver "open" server solutions that lift sales and generate more margin — without triggering fears that the new designs will lock customers into proprietary architectures.
Most major server operating system providers — Microsoft, Red Hat, and Canonical's Ubuntu — are expected to support Moonshot servers. But it's a safe bet Oracle Solaris may sit this one out, since HP and Oracle remain locked in a legal feud over Itanium support.
Channel partners willy surely give the HP servers a look. But the big audience for Moonshot could be cloud services providers — including the world's top 100 CSPs, as tracked by Talkin' Cloud.
The VAR Guy will update this blog with more analysis, pricing and availability information later today.