Cloud computing is changing the face of the IT industry and giving rise to a shift in the way that companies think about data storage. CPU and GPU computing options along with high speed networks have caused a stir in the industry and a prediction that soon enough, servers will be small enough to fit in a pizza box and be stored in a back room while still providing the same or a better level of service as they do now. While the Super Server remains tantalizingly elusive, there are a number of factors that are driving its evolution.
First, there are a host of new applications and greater workloads that demand a virtual server that can handle them. Videos, flash objects, sound files, data tracking – all of these items require capacity and the ability to scale when needed. Next is the ability to handle data. Currently, virtual servers are not able to deal with data as effectively as they should; leading to I/O issues when big drains on the server happen.
Third is power. More and more, companies are seeing the power bills for their physical servers skyrocket over time, vastly exceeding the amount they originally paid for the machines. A Super Server, be it physical or virtual, must be an efficient power consumer. Last but not least is management. Virtualized tools like hypervisors are constantly undergoing revisions to ensure that they can not only deal with the now but predict just what the future might hold for server needs and capacity use, allowing a company to make best use of the space they have purchased.
Though the Super Server is as yet a hero in the making, its emergence is simply a matter of time.