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Datacenter Chic: How Small is Yours?

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Most vendors talk about how scalable their solution is, but in the near future they'll likely talk about how minimizable it is. That's right. In this world of "super-sized" solutions and petabytes of data, the next marketing phrases you'll hear will have a Lilliputian accent associated with them. Listen for new buzzwords, such as minimized, downscaled and embedded. You might hear these words coupled with other more familiar computing terms like appliances, real-time and portable.

Yes, the data center of the very near future is tapping its toe to a lighter but more powerful beat. Will you get caught in limbo or will you lower the bar for your data center?

Sure, it takes a bit of altered thinking to imagine a data center that runs on a tenth of the power that provides five times the processing throughput compared to that of current data centers, but it's possible. And, not only is it possible, but you can do it yourself with a little help from your favorite vendor.

Servers

Next to cooling, servers gulp the most power in a data center. Big surprise? No. Compared to their physical counterparts,virtual servers piggybacked on physical servers sip.

Read the rest at ServerWatch.

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