The View from the Server

As clients grow thinner, servers get bigger. The world of e-commerce and Web-based archives has increased the need for big, fast, and reliable servers. Servers are expected to run constantly—24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Web servers hold medical records, bank records, library catalogs, and store catalogs. Servers provide education and entertainment content, and manage the business of sending data over the sprawling Internet. The following sections discuss some recent advances in the server industry, including

  • Data technologies

  • Clustering

  • Server boxes

While vendors design servers to do these new things, they will also be building servers that do the old things better.

Data Technologies

In the next few years, one of the ...

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