It Starts with a ChipBy Jessica Davis | Print
From mega acquisitions to giant vertical vendor stacks to technology trends such as virtualization and cloud computing, the data center stage was set for drama in 2009. Here's a look back at some of the key plot points from this past year.
It Starts with a Chip
The basic building block of any compute environment—from netbook to data center server—is the chip, and this year Intel introduced a new chip and chip set designed to drive virtualization and cloud computing, Nehalem and Nehalem EP.
With its multicores and greater efficiency, Intel claims a Xeon 5500-based server provides nine times the performance of a single-socket server running the previous-generation Xeon processor. And that means as many as 21 software servers can be consolidated from older systems onto a single Nehalem EP based server. In addition, Intel’s Nehalem EP platform contains a chip set that provides a 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller, geared to improve network performance in virtualized environments.