HP and Foxconn Joint Venture Creates New Cloud Server
On March 10, 2015, the information technology corporation Hewlett-Packard announced that they will be creating a group of servers specifically targeting a system for cloud providers. As a joint venture with the electronics contract company Foxconn, the two firms have been working together on creating cloud optimized servers in which they have dubbed Cloudline.
The new Cloudline servers are designed for hyperscale applications built with thousands of servers. The systems use rack scale computing and are based on standards based principles. The innovative design of rack scale systems will provide functions such as cooing and power to be a part of the rack, rather than being located in the server itself.
Hewlett-Packard’s Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) will be utilized in the Cloudline and provide a uniform system to manage hardware. The Cloudline servers will be 10 percent to 25 percent less expensive than the currently offered standard servers. Current lineup of the Cloudline server family will be available on March 30 and will includes:
- CL7300, a 2P server sled for memory and storage-rich compute applications.
- CL7100, a 2P server sled for memory and storage-rich compute applications.
- CL2200, a high-capacity, low-cost 2U 2P server for big data and storage intensive cloud applications.
- CL2100, a multipurpose 1U 2P server for memory and storage-rich compute applications.
- CL1100, a low-cost 1U 2P server made to deliver efficient front-end web performance.
Established in 1939, Hewlett Packard Company is one of the largest information technology corporations in the world. Founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, the company started off in a one-car garage and is now an employer of over 317,000 people. Having met over $111 billion USD in yearly revenue, Hewlett Packard is the world’s second-largest PC vendor and supplies products to consumers, business, and large enterprises alike. In addition to general consumers, customers include the government, health, and education sectors.
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