Earlier this week HP launched Project Moonshot, powered by Atom processors provided by Intel. The Moonshot line will feature additional chipsets in the future and HP will work on Moonshot hyper scale software defined services so as to cater for custom workloads. David Chalmers, HP EMEA Enterprise Group CTO, says that HP’s Moonshot servers are more open than AMD’s line. While praising Seamicro for being the first one out the door with their microservers, Clamers says that Moonshot is a much more open system whereas its opponent is more closed. AMD acquired Seamicro last year, at the time when Intel was only talking about servers based on its Atom processors.
Chalmers adds that there’s no ability to get different partners to contribute, and that Seamicro’s is an idea that is in a very “narrow fixed box.” He says Moonshot is much open because customers have the ability to decide upon a number of chip manufacturers, and with multiple types of silicon and multiple partners involved, that makes for a richer and much more effective solution. For its Seamicro servers, AMD uses AMD Opteron and Intel Atom chips, while it is currently evaluating the latest Avoton Atom chips from Intel.