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Technology trends in processors and servers

Barb Goldworm

With the recent flurries about

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quad-core processors, power issues and software licensing, it can be a challenge to know what really matters in the highly competitive processor and server race, and how to know what is best for your customers' environments. Here's a quick overview on the technologies and trends that matter in processors and servers, and how to make intelligent decisions for and with your customers.

Key processor trends

Here are some of the overall trends happening in the server processor space.

  • Increasing number of cores per server
  • Going green: awareness and improvements in energy efficiency
  • Turmoil over licensing
  • Continuing advances in virtualization
  • Increasing market penetration in blade servers
  • Intel vs. AMD battle marches on

This column drills down into the issues related to multi-core trends, going green and licensing. For more information on server/processor issues surrounding virtualization, blade servers and Intel vs. AMD, check out my enterprise guide on SearchServerVirtualization.com and my blade server and virtualization tips for the channel on SearchSystemsChannel.com.

For details on blade servers, rack servers and Intel vs. AMD, read Barb's corresponding column on our sister site SearchServerVirtualization.com.



Technology trends in processors and servers

 Home: Introduction
 1: Multi-core processor benefits and trends
 2: Going green in the data center
 3: Licensing for multi-core processors and virtualization

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For more in-depth, up-to-date information on server chip issues, power and cooling improvements, futures in virtualization, blade server implementation and more, consider the Blades and Virtualization Summit on May 1-3. You'll hear from and connect with blade server hardware and virtualization software vendors, power and cooling companies, TechTarget expert panelists, and other experts on the latest products and services related to these technologies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   
Barb Goldworm
Barb Goldworm is President of Focus Consulting, a research, analyst and consulting firm focused on systems and storage. She has spent 30 years in technical, marketing, industry analyst and senior management positions with IBM, Novell, StorageTek, Enterprise Management Associates, and multiple successful startups. She chairs the Blades and Virtualization Summit conference on blades and virtualization, and has been one of the top three ranked analyst/knowledge expert speakers at Storage Networking World. Barb has authored numerous business and technical white papers and articles and has just finished a book, Blades Servers and Virtualization: Transforming Enterprise Computing While Cutting Costs. Email Barb for more information.
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