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October 2009, Vol. 15

Hardware purchasing strategies for virtual deployments

Rick Vanover Server hardware is rapidly changing to meet user requirements for virtualization software. In this constantly evolving technology landscape, administrators and managers need to step back and examine where hardware is now and where it's going in the future. This tip explains the major categories of server hardware for virtual environments and offers some perspective on where server hardware is headed, and what admins should purchase going forward. Processor hardware offerings Keeping up with processor configurations, models and options is challenging. Frequently, administrators focus on getting servers with the fastest processors and the highest number of cores available. Virtualization administrators also try to stay with a current processor type to maintain compatibility with technologies such as VMware's VMotion. And the good news is that in September of 2008 VMware announced that processor licenses will cover up to six-core processors. Currently, the Intel Xeon 7400 series has a six-core offering, and, later in ...

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