Executive's guide to microservers in the data center (free ebook)

Executive's guide to microservers in the data center (free ebook)

Summary: Microservers don't have much muscle, but they’re playing a role in providing space/cost savings and handling specialized workloads. Here's what you need to know as you evaluate the viability of microservers for your needs.


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.


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Topics: Microservers: A Data Center Revolution?, Data Centers, Servers

Jody Gilbert

About Jody Gilbert

Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.

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  • Microserver Insanity!

    Microserver Insanity!

    Good gravy. Do you have enough articles on Microservers yet today? How much are you getting paid to advertise "micro servers"?

    Just in the last hour we have articles covering:

    1.Microservers: In pictures
    2. Microservers: Helping unlock the body's secrets while beating data centre sprawl
    3. Five companies using microservers to improve the data center
    4. What the death of Calxeda means for the future of micro servers
    5. Executive's guide to microservers in the data center (free ebook)
    6. Research: 69 percent say microservers are a significant innovation
    7. Microservers: What you need to know

    Six different authors - all within the space of an hour?

    Have you all gone insane?