HP Releases Moonshot-Based Hosted Desktop Solution, New Moonshot Modules


Implementing a VDI solution requires a serious amount of back-end infrastructure, including servers and storage, and can be very complex, Molina said.

One of the biggest issues is the "VDI boot storm," which is the huge strain on server resources when multiple users turn their virtual desktops on at the same time, he said.

"All that booting up, scanning, antivirus and other functions is a big strain on the system," he said. "We believe Moonshot will handle it. With the Converged System 100 for Hosted Desktops, each hosted desktop has its own server node. HP is providing 180 hosted desktops in 4.3 U. That's saving expensive data center space and power, and cutting the need for expensive external storage."

HP also unveiled new starter packs of Moonshot server cartridges as a way to help ease partners' and customers' entry into the HP Moonshot infrastructure.

The first package, the 15 HP ProLiant m300 server cartridges, each with a 500-GB hard drive and 32 GB of memory along with a chassis and a single switch has a list price of under $25,000.

The second package is the 15 HP ProLiant m700 quad-server cartridges, along with a chassis and a single switch, with a list price of under $37,000. Each of the 60 individual servers in the bundle comes with a 32-GB SSD and 8 GB of memory.

The third package is one of HP's original Intel Centerton Atom-based Moonshot cartridges with chassis for a list price of under $15,000.

HP also unveiled a new cartridge, the ProLiant m800, which features an ARM processor and eight digital signal processor (DSP) cores, from Texas Instruments. Gromala said the ProLiant m800 was custom-designed for use in the telco market, or in other fields where DSPs are commonly used, including media transcoding or oil and gas.

The ProLiant m800 this week is available in the HP Discovery Labs for potential clients looking to build and test applications prior to its release sometime next year, he said.

HP recognized that channel-focused sales of its Moonshot servers is still in the early stages.

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