Many computer technology companies have already begun to shift their focus to cloud computing, and Hewlett-Packard is among them. HP has recently said that they are creating a server family whose purpose is to build systems for cloud providers.
This move is part of a joint venture with Foxconn, which was announced last year, to create cloud-optimized servers. Since the announcement, HP has been making servers with the Taipei based electronics company, and it now has a name: Cloudline. They have also announced several server products.
Cloud based servers are designed for hyper scale environments with thousands of servers. HP’s systems are based on standards-based principles and use rack-scale computing. With this system, functions previously located in the server, such as cooling and power, are now part of the rack. They will likely be used in multi-vendor situations.
HP is planning on using Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI), which is an open management platform, along with other systems that provide a uniform way to manage hardware. The hyper scale x86 server market has been growing fast, which has led to an increase in numbers of original design manufacturers (ODM).
HP’s partnership with Foxconn puts it on the same level as the low-cost providers but HP can also leverage its breadth, reach, and services it can add.
The cloud hardware appeals to enterprise clients, like financial firms trying to build out a cloud network, and HP is trying to adapt their services and products to meet this demand.
HP will begin to take orders at the end of the month, after announcing their OpenStack systems at the Open Compute Summit. The systems available use Intel Xeon E5 v3 processors and come in five configurations, including a two-socket (2P) server sled configuration and 1U configurations. No pricing has been announced.