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HP debuts super server to ease cyber glut

TAIPEI--Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest personal computer vendor, said Wednesday that it had launched its super server — the HP Moonshot system — in Taiwan to help local corporations deal with a massive scale of data.

With almost 10 billion devices connected to the Internet and this figure forecast to grow exponentially, traditional servers have reached space limits, said HP Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman, noting that the power and cost of traditional technology are no longer sustainable.

Whitman said the HP Moonshot represented a breakthrough in information technology development and would change the current data dealing with infrastructure, laying the foundation for the next 20 billion devices connected to the Internet.

The U.S. consumer electronics giant said as the Moonshot system used chips which are also applied to smartphones and tablet computers, the new gadget could cut space, energy consumption, and costs.

Many enterprises face exploding data, the company pointed out, noting that its first “software defined” Moonshot server would save 89 percent in energy, 80 percent in space and 77 percent in costs.

The Moonshot system uses processing units from HP's partners, including Advanced Micro Devices, AppliedMicro, Calxeda, Intel and Texas Instruments, according to HP, which said the new server was designed and tailored for specific workloads to improve enterprises' performance.

HP said the system specializes in dealing with massive data from a wide range of applications, such as social media, cloud technology based devices and telecommunications.

HP Taiwan said the firm was planning a launch of another new server - the HP ProLiant Moonshot server — in the second half of this year. In addition to taking on massive data, the new device will have more functions, including highly efficient computing, face identification, gaming and image analysis.

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