Probably the best server survey in the world
Reg Readers, we need you!
Last week we asked you to tell us about your desktop environments. The response was fabulous, with over a thousand people filling in our survey. This week, we want to build a picture of your x86 server environments: what’s working and where are the challenges?
Is today a time of change in the data centre, particularly as we come out of the downturn? We want to know what's really driving demand in the data centre, what kinds of workloads are giving you the most grief, and what, if anything, are you doing about them?
Is power management still an issue, or is that so last year? Most of all perhaps, if you spend your days keeping things up and running, how is it all working for you and how are the service levels you are achieving being perceived? Are you struggling to keep up with demand, or finding, with management tools or technologies such as virtualization, that you're finally able to get the level of flexibility you have been looking for?
A couple of the questions in the survey are a beast, but we wanted to be comprehensive. So please do grab a coffee, get settled and tell us your views by clicking here.
If you have general feedback on the state of your server environment, your current plans or anything else that takes your fancy then let us know in the comments field below.
And the real servers are where?
I'm with Alain. Why can't the people that work on real servers play too?
Although, I must admit that thanks to AMD bringing us 64-bit processors when Intel wouldn't for mainstream and creating competition, x86 servers stand a chance at giving big iron a run for their money.
re: x86 Servers Only
Alain, calm down dear. Survey's are often used by people who need to collect data so they will write a survey to collect that data. This survey has been written to collect data about x86 servers since that is the information required. x86 systems are used in a vastly different way to most Unix or mainframe systems and so it was entirely appropriate to separate them. After all if the survey was to be completely comprehensive it would be very long indeed, why stop at x86, why stop at servers, why stop at electronic computers, why computers, why devices, why don't we include rainbows?! It's because they are not relevant to the required information.
Don't fret though, all of the readers of the Reg have noted that you are definitely a "proper man" who uses "proper servers" to do "proper work" and we all look up to you and hope to grow up to be just like you. Except maybe without the attitude. And possibly with a girlfriend.
The part left unsaid is that the survey is sponsored by Intel. Nuff said.