Thursday, January 22, 2009

Rackable's "MicroSlice" arrays

Companies are starting to introduce products similar to our own research on Fast Arrays of Wimpy Nodes that exploit the idea of packing more smaller computers into a single enclosure. The commercial offerings are much less radical than some of the proposed research designs, but should experience some of the benefits anyway. James Hamilton, now at Amazon, has a nice post to his (very worthwhile) blog about low cost, low-power servers. The techtarget article attributes to Rackable a statement about getting rid of the need for virtualization, but I suspect that the technologies will remain complimentary.

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