The Current State of Server Technology

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jun 15, 2010


After acquisition cost, the ability to deploy, manage, and redeploy on-the-fly virtual processors is the single most important factor in server technology today. This Information Week report suggests that currently, server technology is at a crossroads as x86 performance enhancements threaten the high-end dominance of RISC/Itanium systems.


Server technology is at a crossroads as x86 performance threatens high-end RISC/Itanium dominance.

"Commodity servers, mostly in blade form factors, are surging toward ubiquity. The result is that the server value proposition is shifting from the processor to peripheral considerations, such as the ability to effectively implement virtualization, system manageability, and power and cooling efficiency.

"Indeed, after acquisition cost, the ability to deploy, manage, and redeploy on-the-fly virtual processors (from physical or logical cores) is the single most important factor in server technology today. The uptake of these supporting technologies has been slowed to some degree by constrained IT budgets, set in late 2009, before the green shoots of recovery sprouted. Nonetheless, system consolidation and increased use of virtualization will continue to drive server updates, as IT organizations extract maximum usage from available resources. That's the top-level finding from the 579 business technology professionals who responded to our InformationWeek Analytics State of Server Technology Survey."

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