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Project Moonshot can spur widespread VDI deployments, says Carrenza

Matthew Finnegan | April 10, 2013
HP gave the official launch for its Project Moonshot hyperscale system yesterday, as one of the customer trial participants highlighted the benefits of running web caching or VDI using the high density servers.

Sutherland said that he expects to introduce a proportion of Moonshot systems to his permanent hardware setup as HP develops more application specific server units. Following the release of Moonshot 1500, HP intends to release subsequent versions of Moonshot aimed at big data and high performance computing, among other applications.

"In the next year we might see somewhere between five and ten percent going onto that kind of infrastructure," he said. "As existing systems start to get refreshed we are likely to take some of the components of existing systems and move them across, moving from existing virtual systems and onto Moonshot where that is appropriate for the workload, and also moving some legacy physical systems across to Moonshot devices where that makes the most sense."

He added: "Would we use elements of Moonshot for Sport Relief next year? Absolutely, if it is the right tool for the job. There is a very large caching infrastructure that supports Red Nose Day or Sports Relief - if we have decided we are going to do a Moonshot based cache product we would absolutely use that."


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