Avoiding the $25 Million Server

In this paper Sine Nomine Associates has analyzed the problem of functional density in a modern data center, considering traditional rack-mount discrete servers, new-generation blade servers, and virtual servers on both Intel and System z mainframe platforms.

This paper presents the results of deploying each of these designs in a hypothetical urban-area data center, owned by a single large enterprise or shared by multiple medium-sized enterprises (as would be the case in a hosting provider). This scenario was selected to illuminate an emerging constraint on Fortune 500 IT: the fundamental operational limits of existing high-value data center space.

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