Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has just unveiled its Moonshot servers. The new servers are made to reduce power consumption by 89 percent in comparison to previous models of servers made by the company. They’re also much smaller than other HP server models, taking up 80 percent less space.
The launch of the new servers was streamed over the Internet, and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) CEO Meg Whitman said their new approach in making servers was needed to handle the large amounts of mobile devices and other items that require servers. As the number of servers needed increases, so the amount of power and space that’s needed increase. HP said without major changes, servers would not be able to handle the large amount of work they’ll have to do in the future.
HP’s Moonshot servers will run on Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s Atom chips for now. The use of Intel’s Atom chips is especially interesting because the chips are currently used to power mobile devices like tablets, netbooks and smartphones. HP is planning to add more models of its Moonshot servers running on different chips so that customers have a choice about which chips their servers use.
HP said chips made by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) are also ahead in the Moonshot server line. Other companies expected to supply chips for use in HP’s Moonshot servers include ARM holdings plc (NASDAQ:ARMH) (LON:ARM) and Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN).
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has apparently been testing its Moonshot servers with a variety of customers for more than a year. The plan was designed to increase sales of the new servers by introducing them to customers early.
At the moment of this writing, shares of Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) were down .48 percent for the day.