As with every new technology, a period of adoption is common after its release. In the case of virtualized and then cloud technology, this adoption period has been fairly long largely because businesses were unsure if the technology could be both cost-effective and reliable. Now, more businesses than ever are choosing to move to VPS and cloud-based options, and more physical servers than ever are rolling off production lines intended for virtual use. But physical servers aren’t down for the count, and a new option known as the microserver is making a big noise, and scaring some of those who see it as a threat to the cloud.
The giant social networking site Facebook has said that it prefers the use of physical microservers over virtualization, something that has some companies concerned. Microservers, which are small, low-powered servers that are far more efficient than their last-gen counterparts, are said to be great for video streaming and social applications, something that Facebook specializes in. For companies with a great deal of data to store, a heavy I/O load or a great deal of Web 2.0 applications they need to run, however, these servers will simply not provide the power to get the job done for them.
Cloud technology is aimed at creating a space in which businesses can do work anywhere and anytime. Microservers offer options for businesses that do not have as much of a need for full-time flexibility and I/O scaling, but do not represent a true “threat” to the cloud since businesses that would most benefit from the use of the cloud would not be best served by a microserver, and would quickly discover that if they were to choose a microserver as their primary storage option.