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10 Server Predictions for '11

Dec 29, 2010, 16:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Hess)

"It's that time of year when everyone predicts what will happen in the coming year, mostly about how enterprise businesses will spend money or how consumers will react to a product or event, but some predictions are more concrete and measurable than others. These 10 predictions for 2011 will have you watching the latest developments from the big hardware manufacturers. Sure, some are wishful thinking, but others are clearly within reach for a 2011 delivery time frame.

"1. SSDs

"Solid state drives, or SSDs, started hitting production servers in stealth fashion in 2010, but expect their presence to grow in 2011. SSDs have no moving parts and a mean time between failures (MTBF) in the 1 million hour range, and their price is now within affordable reach for even the stingiest server builder. 2. On-Demand CPUs

"With the move toward virtualization and cloud computing, CPU manufacturers will have to continue changing with the times and the demands of this new computing environment. On-demand CPU allocation is one way to do that. Here's how it works: You have a certain number of physical CPUs and a number of virtual CPUs per physical CPU. When demand on that physical CPU climbs to a preset amount, the CPU fires up a virtual CPU."

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