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What will the demand be for 1u servers in 2008?

As everyone knows, you get what you pay for. That maxim certainly holds true for Internet infrastructure, especially when it comes to servers. Over the past few years there has been an explosion of low-cost appliance servers – also known as pizza box servers — and they now account for a formidable portion of the Internet infrastructure. And though cheap in price, they are turning out to be power hogs.

This article is talking about the 1u server and whether the demand for these servers might lessen due to the cost of powering and cooling them. This might be the case particularly as with virtualization we might be able to replace 3 or 4, (even more) virtual machines on one 2u server, or even have two virtual machines on one 1u server. We’ll have to see, there will still be a case where the 1u server is perfect, for example that box you connect to your NAS to scan for viruses etc.

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