RESEARCH PAPER: HP Apollo 6000 and 8000 Advanced Cooling Solutions

By Patrick Moorhead - June 9, 2014
CPU transistors have gotten smaller, and server component power has dropped consistently with each new generation. But datacenters are still up against the proverbial wall with pressures on both power and cooling, as they attempt to maximize their use of datacenter floor space and compute resources. Compute density has increased dramatically over the last decade, pressuring datacenter infrastructure. Virtualization and system density drove rack-level power consumption up at the same time that platforms were trying to drive it down. To make a serious change in power and cooling profiles, datacenters (and vendors) need to re-think the servers that they are deploying and alter their datacenter strategies. We don’t believe that most datacenters today are ready for a complete transition, but instead these new form factors can help augment existing strategies and drive a better overall operational mix.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Resistance is Futile
  • It's My Density
  • Chilling Out
  • HP's Illiquid and Liquid Assets
  • The HP Apollo 6000: Power Efficiency for Scaling Out
  • The HP Apollo 8000: Remaining Cool Under Load
  • Summary
  • Figure 1: Power Consumption at Different Utilization Levels1
  • Table 1: Density & Power Consumption by Form Factor
  • Figure 2: HP Apollo 6000 Compute Tray
  • Figure 3: HP Apollo 6000 Chassis with Compute Trays
  • Figure 4: Fully Loaded HP Apollo 8000 Rack
  • Figure 5: HP Apollo 8000 Compute Tray
You can download the paper here.

Companies Cited

  • ARM
  • Facebook
  • HP
  • Intel
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.