- by Jon, "GingerSnap", Pentecost
With the advancement of multi-core processors, hot-swappable RAM and hard drives, the server you buy today may last into the year 2020 or beyond. So says the article written by Paul Venezia for InfoWorld. Paul talks in his article about using virtualization in order to host multiple servers on one piece of hardware, which will cut down on the number of physical servers you will need and all the cost savings that go along with it (less power needed and less heat generated, increasing a server’s lifespan).
Paul also talks about how cheap servers have become, sighting Dell’s “My First Server” as having a quad-core processor option and another only costing $299 for 2.26 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM. With prices like these and the cost savings stated above, why wouldn’t you want to replace a number of your aging servers with a single hardware box that can support multiple virtual servers and still provide a speed boost?
Another article from InfoWorld, indicates that a new processor from Intel is due out in the first half of this year that boasts 10 cores. Can you imagine having that in your new virtual server – a 10-core processor? You could assign one core to 9 virtual servers and get rid of 9 physical boxes. Imagine the cost savings in your Data Center from only running one server, rather than 10. Even if you are a small business and only have a small handful of servers (say 4 servers), you could assign two cores to each one and still have two cores left over for the physical server.
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