microserver

A microserver, also known as a server appliance, is a compact, less expensive, modular hardware platform designed to make installation and maintenance simpler than traditional enterprise-class rack servers.

A microserver (micro-server) is a small form-factor system-on-a-chip (SoC) server. 

Microservers are less expensive and have less processing power than traditional enterprise-class rack servers. They can easily be grouped into clusters and are well-suited for tasks that do not require require multiple CPUs. They are often used by small-to medium-sized businesses that operate with minimal IT staff but they can also be useful in data centers for small or temporary jobs.

Because microservers are often used a network appliance, they are sometimes referred to as appliance servers. Several major vendors produce microservers, including HP, Dell, and Hitachi. 

This was first published in April 2014

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