This guide explores emerging server memory types and their pros and cons, including various
DIMMs, flash and SSD storage, PCI Express accelerators and channel memory. Experts explain how to
determine the best server memory upgrade for specific applications and use cases in enterprise data
1Pick and choose-
Be picky when buying memory
Having a hard time choosing between new server memory options? It can be complicated with the new technologies and features available, so read up on the options before you add or upgrade memory in your server.
If you're not up to date on modern memory technology, you might be making the wrong choices for server memory configuration and upgrades. Before you buy, identify your needs and options. Continue Reading
Forget what you think you know about memory for enterprise data center servers. Virtualization is growing, and server memory features like error correction code (ECC), error thresholds and logging are essential for efficiency and reliability. Continue Reading
Data rates may apply, but there's more to server memory. Take a look at ranks, types and channels to point you in the right direction towards increased memory and speed. Continue Reading
High voltage no longer means low performance. Today's dual inline memory modules (DIMMs) have adopted a "more is better" attitude. The relationship between voltage and million transfers per second (MT/s) is more complex. Continue Reading
Load-reduced DIMM (LRDMM) balances performance and capacity. It allows more memory and decreased latency, but does it stack up with other DIMM designs? Continue Reading
Server processors are amassing more memory, targeting high-performance databases and data analytics. If you need a server that can handle massive workload consolidation, check out these new processors. Continue Reading
2Does this memory fit?-
Tailor and upgrade memory to fit your infrastructure
Step up your memory game by choosing the right configuration for your infrastructure and use cases. Find out how to optimize and upgrade memory without giving up on your existing servers.
Processor speed, number of cores and the type of DIMMs are important factors to consider when selecting CPU and memory for a virtual environment. Continue Reading
Can you rely on your memory? Memory reliability is ever-important now that new servers can hold more and faster memory. There are ways to boost it. Continue Reading
Virtual machines (VMs) play nicely with the help of memory paging. Unfortunately, this can suppress performance. Here are a few tips to optimize paging without hurting performance. Continue Reading
In-memory processing is dynamic for analytics, especially for big data use cases. But what about factors such as bottlenecks and cost? Consider the negatives before holding whole databases in memory. Continue Reading
Server memory configurations help improve VM performance and add flexibility, but not all are suitable for each workload. Learn how to use dynamic memory allocation, memory weight and more in this tip. Continue Reading
Ready for advanced virtualization performance planning? A non-uniform memory architecture (NUMA) solves allocation complications. Continue Reading
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3Solid state spins up-
Get flash-based storage in a flash. These expert tips and news coverage explore what you need to know about boosting memory performance with flash storage.
We're shaking up the flash storage vs. hard drive debate by asking, Which form factor is best for virtual server storage. It's no surprise that size, speed and connectivity affect the answer, along with some other considerations. Continue Reading
See ya, disk-based array! Flash-based storage is moving in and sending main storage closer to the CPU. But faster application performance comes with some noteworthy caveats about this type of storage. Continue Reading
Don't let slow write speeds and high cost deter you from flash memory storage just yet. New advances have hit the market, causing data centers to reconsider this fast technology. Continue Reading
System administrators need to ask whether substituting solid-state drives (SSDs) for mechanical hard drives is worth the investment. SSD performance may not give you what you need. Continue Reading
Looking for extreme IOPS to spice up your data center servers? Solid-state storage accelerators will give the most demanding applications -- databases and big data apps -- a rush. Continue Reading
4Remember these definitions-
Don't forget the meaning of these terms
These definitions will help you remember everything you need to know about server memory.