Chapter 15. Server Hardware Specifications

This chapter is about the decisions one makes when purchasing an individual server. Designing hardware is all about making different tradeoffs. Exactly what vendors offer changes from month to month and from year to year. Nevertheless, certain principles remain constant.

Vendors have different product lines. Each is biased toward cost or performance in different ways. If we can understand what went into the designer’s decisions, we can be smarter customers.

Within a product line there are many hardware choices: CPUs, RAM, storage, and so on. Fundamentally we should begin with the application requirements in mind and use those requirements to guide each decision, including the amount of RAM, the amount ...

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