Virtualization Impacts the Server Buying Decision

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Aug 11, 2010


According to this report on AnandTech, dividing the market into who should or should not buy high-end servers is so... 20th century. Server buying decisions today are a lot more flexible and exciting for those who keep an open mind. This article also suggests that the Quad Xeon 7500 looks to be the best virtualized data center building block.


In a world of virtualization there is more to consider than server form factor.

"Lots of people base their server form factor choice on what they are used to buying. Critical database applications equal a high-end server. Less critical applications: midrange server. High-end machines used to find a home at larger companies and cheaper servers would typically be attractive to SMEs. I am oversimplifying but those are the clichés that pop up when you speak of server choices.

"Dividing the market into who should or should not buy high-end servers is so... 20th century. Server buying decisions today are a lot more flexible and exciting for those who keep an open mind. In the world of virtualization your servers are just resource pools of networking, storage and processing. Do you buy ten cheap 1U servers, four higher performance 2U, one “low cable count” blade chassis, or two high-end servers to satisfy the needs of your services?"

Read the Full "21st Century Server Choices" Story at AnandTech

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