Posted By Zen Kishimoto,
Monday, November 04, 2013
Martin Fink, CTO and Director of HP Labs., Hewlett-Packard Company, presented a keynote titled New Style of IT at the recent ARM TechCon 2013.
Martin Fink, CTO and Director of HP Labs, Hewlett-Packard Company, holds one of the Moonshot-based blade servers in his hands.
Fink first reviewed how IT has progressed from the mainframe in the 1970s and ‘80s, to the clients and servers of the 1990s, the Internet of the 2000s, and the cloud, social, Big Data, and mobile computing since 2010. Along with these changes, many IT companies emerged then faded from the main stage. No one has any objection to this statement, I think.
Along with the current trend, the Internet of things (IoT) is becoming a reality, with smart connected devices and exploded Web traffic, as shown in the picture below along with a bunch of interesting current statistics and predictions for 2020.
Let me reproduce the statistics in the picture.
Fink said HP thinks that today's servers are not equipped for future IT demands from the standpoint of data center construction ($10–$20B), the number of power plants required (8–10 more), and the large amount of power consumed (2 million homes’ worth), as shown in the next picture.
So here comes Moonshot for software-defined servers with:
He showed three versions of Moonshot server blades, shown in the next picture. They are from Calxeda, Texas Instruments (TI), and Applied Micro. Although the Calxeda version has been formally announced, the details of the TI and Applied Micro versions have not been formally announced yet.
Fink then talked about how ARM and open source are enabling technology shifts. He further divided the technology into subcategories, as shown in the next picture.
For each subcategory, he compared what it once was ("From”) with what it is now ("To”):
Those points are mostly self-explanatory. Progress in hardware technologies has made most of the things above possible. Furthermore, IoT deals with a variety of equipment and devices of many form factors and purposes in different domains. It is important to customize a solution for a specific device or piece of equipment in a specific domain. Traditional transactional/relational databases can no longer handle the massive amount of data generated and collected in real time (Big Data). It is time to adopt NoSQL.
In summary, HP Moonshot was designed and developed to accommodate the trends just mentioned by employing advanced hardware technology and many open source solutions, including: