In the past year, server technology and architecture have blossomed, allowing IT administrators to do much more with their data centers. In 2010, we also saw the emergence of new processor technology with expanded RAM support from a variety of hardware manufacturers.
These new developments allowed engineers to plan for their infrastructure in a variety of ways. With expanded hardware support, virtualization engineers can finally reduce the number of physical boxes they use in their environment. Legacy systems are now better integrated into a virtual environment and VMs got a boost in performance with a better utilized I/O design.
From a resource perspective, VMs now have access to tools that can convert and manage larger workloads. A more efficient environment also means improved power utilization and consumption. New developments in processor and hardware technology not only increase power and performance, but also help create a green data center.
Over the course of 2010, hardware and software manufacturers did an amazing job deploying technologies that really make a difference in a network environment. However, there are a few products that went the extra mile in integrating these new technologies, helping to make infrastructures more efficient.
The top winners in this category are:
- Gold Award:
The Gold award for Server Hardware goes to HP's ProLiant DL980 G7 Server, which integrates Intel's eight-core processors, and boasts HP's reputation for service and hardware stability.
- Silver Award:
The Silver award for Server Hardware goes to Dell's Dell PowerEdge R815 Rack Server, boldly integrating the new AMD Opteron 6100 Series 12-core processors.
- Bronze Award:
The Bronze award for Server Hardware goes to Cisco's UCS B230 M1 Blade Server, which pushes its blade technology and includes Intel's new eight-core processor.