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X86 platform narrows the gap

Traditional mainframe are still more powerful, but x86 systems are beginning to narrow the gap with high-end mainframe processors.

X86 systems narrow the gap


X86 systems are beginning to narrow the gap with high-end mainframe processors, however, even they have far to go. According to VMware Inc.'s published configuration maximums, the latest version of its software, vSphere 4.1, can scale to 32 x86 hosts and up to 3,000 virtual machines per cluster. However, VMware argues that it’s not the capacity of individual processors and systems that should be measured when it comes to the processing power of cloud computing, but the entire scale-out system working in concert, as shown in the management screenshot above.

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This was last published in May 2011

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