The State of Server Technology: 2010 to 2012, August 06, 2012 As more companies turn to virtualization and private clouds, they're also taking a look at the server technology in their data centers. This is leading to a boost for the server market. Find out why in this look at the state of server technology, from 2010 to 2012.
Use of Server Form Factors in the Data Center
The most recent "State of Server Technology" report found that data centers are still dominated by 2U (81%) and 1U (78%) platforms--those numbers are just slight drops from the 2010 numbers of 83% and 78%, respectively.
The only increases were found in the use of 8U boxes, which was cited by 37% of respondents in 2010 and 38% in 2011, and mini-towers, which had exactly the same numbers. Modular and micro platforms, which came in at 20%, weren't tallied in 2010.
"Despite all the vendor hype around the efficiency of blade servers and their suitability for converged, virtualized I/O fabrics, blade use hasn't grown among our respondents as we would have expected," wrote author Kurt Marko in the most recent report. He cited fears of vendor and platform lock-in as a potential factor in the lack of growth.