Why cores matter as much as sockets
Things are different on the desktop, but in the server room and in departmental applications we’ve become accustomed to multi-socket servers, fitted with two, four or more processor packages. It’s an approach that enables system designers to build powerful servers more cheaply and easily, but it’s also one that can cost users more in software licensing fees.
Now though, we are seeing the reappearance of mono-socket servers with just one processor chip, even at the high end and in the data centres of the hyperscale service providers. In this paper, we outline how new processor architectures allow today’s mono-socket servers to outperform the multi-socket servers of just a few years ago, and at the advantages organizations can find in going single-socket.
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Bryan is a technology enthusiast and industry veteran. He has been analysing, explaining and writing about IT and business in a highly engaging manner for around three decades. His experience spans the early days of minicomputers and PC technology, through the emergence of cellular data and smart mobile devices, to the latest developments of the software-defined age in which we all live today. Over his career, Bryan has seen at first-hand how IT changes the world – and how the world changes IT – and he brings that extensive insight to his role as an industry analyst.