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Push Your Servers To The Limit

Server virtualization, consolidation, and converged infrastructure are essential to optimizing data center utilization while controlling costs.

Optimal server utilization is the key to making your data center more efficient. With the increased need to provide on-demand services, today’s data centers face the challenge of consolidating applications on to fewer resources to enable better utilization of the organization’s existing resources. Servers are also expected to operate in multi-vendor technology environments, and deliver technical innovations to power organization’s infrastructure for adapting to cloud or traditional deployments. In this story, we will discuss some of the data center server expectations and challenges faced by the CIO and ways through which they can overcome these challenges.

Server Expectation And Challenges

The volumes of data that most organizations amass will grow exponentially with each passing year. Thus, the threat of running out of data space, high power utilization, thermal energy consumption, and rising energy cost will emerge as the main concerns. From a CIO’s perspective and from a compute standpoint, there are two requirements — maximizing power in servers while keeping them cool, and minimizing power usage cost. CIOs will look at servers that can get more work done in a shorter amount of time, using less power.

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