HP has announced a raft of products and services aimed at helping its customers move to what the company calls the 'New Style of IT' driven by big data, cloud, mobility, and security. That contrasts with the position of most vendors and analysts who think the 'S Factor' is social rather than security.

To help customers - end-users and service providers alike - assemble the hardware required for the shift to the New Style of IT, HP has announced new products in the areas of compute, storage and networking, along with related services.


Apollo 8000

The Apollo 8000 (above), HP's new supercomputer, delivers more than 250 teraflops per rack, according to vice president and general manager of HP's server business in the Asia Pacific region Stephen Bovis.

"This is industry leading," he said, explaining that it is around four times the density of leading air-cooled systems and twice that of liquid-cooled systems from IBM or Cray.

The Apollo 8000 uses a system of heat pipes (below) to transfer heat from the CPUs to a thermal block in the rack, and then water cooling to carry it out of the data centre.

Apollo 8000 heat pipes

This patented arrangement keeps the water well away from the electronics, greatly reducing the risk of damage in the event of a leak. While the heat pipes contain a small quantity of liquid, Mr Bovis said it evaporates very quickly if it does leak.

In summer, the waste heat can be removed efficiently with evaporative cooling, or in winter it can be used to warm the occupied parts of the building or - in more extreme climates than experienced in Australian cities - to melt snow and ice.

Furthermore, the system moderates the water flow to the level required by the current workload. This is more efficient than the usual air cooling systems, which tend to overcool data centres, as well as avoiding hot spots, Mr Bovis said.

The result is that a lot of processing power can be packed into a small space at the same time as saving energy. An Apollo 8000 can save up to $1 million in direct energy savings over five years - substantially more if the waste heat is used for heating purposes - and in the process reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3800 tons per year.

Page 2: another new Apollo system, and more news from HP.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.