It Starts with a Chip

By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2009-12-16 Email Print this article 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.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at


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