Successful virtual server hosting often depends on systems built with the best hardware because CPUs, memory and other tangible parts of a server dictate its capabilities and the extent to which it can be virtualized successfully.
According to a recent report from Server Watch, a number of emerging hardware trends for 2011 could have a significant impact on the data center.
One new trend is the default implementation of wireless connectivity on server motherboards. Currently, many data centers are forced to engage in an endless battle with wires that need to be connected to various servers, routers and switches to connect every device to the internet. By making a larger part of the data center wireless, virtual server hosting companies can reduce utility and maintenance costs, the report said.
Another major advance that could come in 2011, the report said, is making a move to build hypervisors directly into the system’s hardware. Attaching hypervisors to the CPU of a server has been successful thus far, and the report anticipates success for further efforts to integrate hypervisors with hardware.
Maximizing hypervisors on a server can improve the device’s capacity for virtualization. Recently, VMware announced the ability to consolidate an average of 12.5 physical servers onto one virtual device, Network World reports.
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