It's called server sprawl, this round-the-clock piping hot server processing capacity. And it's neither pretty, nor cheap. It severely taxes data center resources and can hamper performance and scalability, leaving servers chugging and wheezing under the strain.
But there may be a way to tamp down the engines of always-on Internet goodness.
This week, Citrix Systems announced it has developed new capabilities for its Citrix NetScaler Web application delivery system. NetScaler is the first application delivery controller to streamline this process by 'pushing' data directly to thousands of users concurrently, bypassing servers.
"The Citrix NetScaler Web 2.0 software adds publish and subscribe capabilities to NetScaler. That allows NetScaler to off-load the application connections from the servers, making it easier to pool server resources and reduce the number of needed servers," writes Rick Whiting in ChannelWeb.
Server costs can be reduced by up to 90 percent by decreasing power, cooling, and operational overhead, the company said in a statement.
What tree-hugging, eco-friendly spammer wouldn't love that?