As companies look for more efficient and cost-effective ways to run their data centers, some are turning to microservers to handle certain types of tasks. These small, inexpensive servers don't have the compute power to shoulder demanding enterprise IT chores. But they can handle lightweight, well-defined workloads — such as serving content over the internet at scale or running individual compute jobs for big data analysis — and they can do it more efficiently than heftier all-purpose servers.
Some analysts predict that microservers will account for about 10 percent of server sales by 2016, which points to an increase in popularity as well as a trend towards using microservers to augment traditional servers, rather than replacing them altogether.
To help you determine what role, if any, microservers should play in your data center, ZDNet and TechRepublic put together this guide that explores their benefits, how companies are putting them to work, and limitations that may block widespread adoption. We've also included a roundup of results from a recent Tech Pro Research survey on how technology decision-makers are approaching microservers.