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Intel, AMD have robust new server power; does IT still care?

Intel and AMD say their fancy new servers can help IT consolidate and save big money. But, do IT leaders still care about servers? We're not so sure.

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Intel and AMD say their fancy new servers can help IT consolidate and save big money. But, do IT leaders still care about servers? We're not so sure.

The Big Question is a joint production from ZDNet and TechRepublic that I co-host with ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan. This week's guest is Bill Detwiler, TechRepublic's head technology editor.

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Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

31 comments
cohlinger
cohlinger

The hosts of this blog suggests that with virtualization "all of your eggs are in one basket". Any design worth having is going to have High Availability virtualized clusters. This is a very misleading report overall. Any company which is not leveraging virtualization is making very poor business decisions and therefore will not remain competitive.

zclayton2
zclayton2

How much longer is the transcript of these going to be vaporware? You've been promising them RSN for awhile.

ken
ken

It was stated that the cloud will likely replace most inhouse servers within the next 5 - 10 years. Will this cause small IT companies to become obsolete? Further, if most of the support ends up being done in these data centers, won't this drastically reduce the need for IT engineers, thus shrinking the IT professional industry?

YankDownUnder
YankDownUnder

What does it matter if you buy a hot monster server, stick some form of Microsoft on it, and it runs like molasses?

wanharris
wanharris

Interesting said, As an IT manager, i have bought a new Intel server with the latest SQL 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Enterprise ed, trying to get the latest stuff, something that would not hassle me again for the next few years. Having said that, I am surprise when our 3rd party vendors requesting ask to downgrade since the latest specs for that new server have not been tested and they are not compliant with it. I think most of the IT industries do not care whether the new stuffs have arrive since what is important to them is NOT to affect one's business which could be costly!

pickleman
pickleman

Based on the title alone -- even before seeing the author's name, and even before listening to a single word of the audio itself -- I so knew this had "Jason Hiner" written all over it. Yes, Jason, I.T. really DOES care about servers. More so than ever before. Not everybody has their head in "the cloud" as you do.

gdewrance
gdewrance

Now that HyperV allows for 4 x instances on Server 2008 Ent, unlimited for Datacenter, and which requires Intel VT or AMD-V enabled we need to find the best processors for the job.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

We often have servers in production for five or six years. Having enough horsepower up front ensures the device can be reused for non-critical tasks in its 'golden years'. Desktops? Few workplace users are stressing their 2.5 gig or better systems these days. I pay attention when getting new systems for my power users (in my shop those are mostly CAD users and production schedulers); everybody else can get by with low-end corporate-grade systems.

bobdavis321
bobdavis321

A few months ago I knew of several companies still running Server 2000 on single core processors. They are all upgrading (likely because the old servers were getting infected, slowing to a crawl or all together crashing). When we upgraded our server our backup time went from all night (12+ hours) to 1/2 and hour......

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