By Agam Shah, IDG News
Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday took the wraps off a new, low-power server platform called “Gemini,” the first implementation of which will use an upcoming Intel Atom processor code-named Centerton.
Gemini servers will be targeted at workloads that don’t need the muscle of a traditional server CPU such as an Intel Xeon and that run more efficiently when spread out across a large number of less powerful cores, said Paul Santeler, general manager of HP’s hyperscale business unit, at a press briefing.
Those workloads include serving up Web pages, big data analytics, running a distributed memory cache and server hosting environments where customers want dedicated rather than virtualized hardware, he said. For some of those workloads, a Gemini system will use as little as one-tenth the power and occupy one-tenth the space of a more traditional x86 server, according to HP.