Server Architecture: Past, Present, and Future – Part 3

The Future
One challenge that chip makers have juggled is the power requirements for faster chips and the heat output associated with them. In some cases, cooling fans and heat sinks have become inefficient ways to keep chips cool, leading a few to invest in liquid cooling and other unconventional methods.
As the world becomes more […]

Server Architecture: Past, Present, and Future – Part 2

Other companies that produce x86 processors include Cyrix, AMD, and VIA. AMD, in particular, has become Intel’s biggest competitor.
At the turn of the century, Intel introduced their high-powered 64-bit processor line called IA-64 or Itanium. Originally produced at HP, Intel later joined in the development with the intention of making server-class processors to […]

Pushing the Boundaries of Server Hardware

Server hardware is constantly evolving, and as a dedicated server administrator, it is a good idea to stay abreast on the latest technology and find out where server technology is headed in the future. The following are some of the new technology that has recently been released or is coming soon.
72-core processor – Do […]

3 Levels of Linux Virtualization

When physical space is an issue but you have virtual space to spare, virtualization is a great way to consolidate multiple server instances into one machine. Linux is very flexible when it comes to virtualization and even has virtualization capabilities built into the kernel.
There are three levels of Linux virtualization that determine how the virtual […]

ARM and Nvidia Architecture in Servers

If you go back further enough in time, you might find some servers running on SPARC architecture, but other than that, only three processor brand types have truly been dominant in the server market. Those are Intel, AMD, and IBM’s PowerPC. Lately, Intel and AMD in particular have dominated the server market with x86_64 architecture. […]

Low Cost, Low-Powered, Green Servers

As energy costs continue to rise and new environmental regulations come into effect, many businesses are looking for ways to reduce data center costs. A server uses a lot of power for processing and cooling. By using low-powered servers for certain tasks, you can reduce energy costs and help save the environment.
When Is a Low-Powered […]

A Breakdown of AMD’s Processor Numbering

A while back, we took a look at Intel’s Xeon processor numbering scheme to get a better idea of how their server CPUs are identified.  Intel, however, is not the only server processor manufacturer on the block.  Its direct competitor, AMD, has a server line called Opteron processors.
According to AMD’s specifications, every processor in […]

Choosing the Best Server CPU

It is easy to assume that a dedicated server host will provide you with the latest hardware, but the only real way to make sure of this is to evaluate the hardware specs they provide. Many new server administrators pay close attention to operating systems, control panels, and software, but neglect one of the […]