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What CPU platforms are being used?

Knowing the CPU platforms used in the data center is important before beginning blade server virtualization projects.

Q: What are the current CPU platforms?

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Martin MacLeod is an IT consultant based in London with several years' experience deploying and supporting blade servers in volume. He also blogs at, where he tracks news on blade servers, grids and virtualization. Listen to the rest of Martin's answers on blade server virtualization by downloading our blade server virtualization podcast.

The range of CPU platforms and [operating system] combinations is going to make a difference to what you can virtualize and what you can't. There may be a benefit in virtualizing your x86 Windows and Linux servers and taking that SQL database off an Itanium and onto a virtual x86 application. However, this might not give you the best performance and might not be the most efficient way of virtualizing the infrastructure.

This was last published in February 2008

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