Virtualization Investigate

Intel Case Study: SoftLayer

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Executive Summary

SoftLayer provides global, on-demand data center and hosting services to a wide variety of organizations from facilities across the U.S. Unlike virtualization solutions in which every container has its own operating system, virtualization offered by Parallels has only one installation of the OS, resulting in less overhead and a lighter solution that allows more of the server processor performance to come through. The SoftLayer team decided to launch a dedicated server package with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers and looked for a server processor that would maximize the horsepower available to customers. After evaluating several options, the team standardized on dual-socket and quad-socket servers running the Intel Xeon processor 5400 and 7400 series.

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