Virtualisation and cooling to be hot topics

Virtualisation will be one of the big themes at next week's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, along with the growing challenge of how to cool servers.

Virtualisation will be one of the big themes at next week's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, along with the growing challenge of how to cool servers.

Users are turning increasingly to virtualisation technology to improve the utilisation of datacentre servers. In a global survey of 1,221 enterprises, conducted by Forrester Research, 26% of users had already implemented virtualisation, while 8% more will pilot it by summer 2006.

The rapid adoption of server virtualisation can be attributed to its ability to reduce costs while letting organisations make their infrastructures more flexible over time, said Forrester.

Along with virtualisation, Intel will show users how it plans to deal with the increasing problem of heat and power consumption in datacentres. According to IDC analyst Daniel Fleischer, users are unable to install more than 17 blades in a 48-blade rack due to cooling problems.

In his keynote, Intel's chief technology officer Justin Rattner will discuss the transition to the 65nm chip fabrication process and the company's next generation micro-architecture.

Intel's goal is to develop a chip architecture that enables energy efficiency through power optimisation, which reduces both electricity consumption and the need for cooling systems in datacentres.

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