Is it Too Late for Moonshot?

Over at GigaOm, Barb Darrow writes that HP’s new energy-efficient Moonshot servers may be arriving too late to make a difference in the changing server market.

The new server puts 4,500 Proliant servers into one HP 1500 enclosure. Compared to traditional Proliant (DL-380) servers, this iteration uses 89 percent less energy, 80 percent less space and is 97 percent less complex than the former state of the art at 77 percent less cost. It’s understandable, given HP’s huge server installed base in enterprises, why it lays out that particular comparison, but customers might be more interested in how Moonshot boxes compare with webscale servers from what used to be no-name rivals like Quanta, Inventec, and Wistron. Increasingly, those are the servers that are being forklifted into massive data centers. The notion of BYO servers is also spreading. In January, Rackspace, the big hosting and cloud provider, for example, said it would start building its own servers.

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