May 29, 2014

What are microservers?

Beyond the obvious implication of the name (tiny servers), what are microservers and how are they used?

Microservers: New Kids On The Block

"They are called microservers, but experts say they could soon have a macro impact on the traditional server market. Top-tier chip makers and server makers say today's market for microservers is as small as the name suggests, but that could change fast as more Web-centric companies move to density-optimized form factors that emphasize big cost savings and application-specific workloads.

"Right now the bloom is on the hyperscale market, but if you read the tea leaves what we are seeing is a pivot to microservers," said Andrew Feldman, general manager and corporate vice president at Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif. As server, network and storage infrastructure technologies evolve, he said, microservers are better suited to execute an increasingly common number of lightweight workloads, such as cold storage and low-end dedicated hosting.

The microserver trend is so new that just two years ago market-research firm IDC had no formal definition for it. Today, microservers are described as servers that use multiple mobile low-power processors and take up less space, allowing companies to fit more nodes into a single data farm -- thereby reducing cooling costs."

I'm not an expert on them, but as I understand it they are indeed smaller, consume less power, and are well suited for quick and cost effective scaling. According to a Cnet article that I read, over 400 HP ProLiant MM300 microserver cartridges can fit in a standard single 42U rack. Here is the link to that article if you want to read more



Microservers are an emerging form factor of servers designed to process lightweight, scale out workloads for hyper-scale data centers.


Read more : http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/servers/microservers.html




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