Hype Cycle for Server Technologies, 2012


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This Hype Cycle report evaluates 46 server technologies in terms of their business impact, adoption rate and maturity level to help users decide where and when to invest.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • What You Need to Know
    • The Hype Cycle
    • The Priority Matrix
    • Off the Hype Cycle
    • On the Rise
      • Digital Signal Processor Acceleration
      • Power Adaptive Algorithms
      • Optical System Buses
      • Quantum Computing
      • Appliances
      • Fabric-Based Computing
      • Instruction Set Virtualization
      • Open Compute
      • Servers Using Flash Memory as Additional Memory Type
      • Server Power Capping
      • Heterogeneous Architectures
      • Virtual Machine Resilience
    • At the Peak
      • Extreme Low-Energy Servers
      • High-Density Racks (>100 kW)
      • Processor Emulation
      • Server Digital Power Module Management
      • V2P Server Management
      • Cloud-Based Grid Computing
      • Fabric-Based Infrastructure
      • VM Energy Management Tools
    • Sliding Into the Trough
      • Server Repurposing
      • HPC-Optimized Server Designs
      • Skinless Servers
      • Advanced Server Energy Monitoring Tools
      • Linux on RISC
      • Server Provisioning and Configuration Management
      • Data Center Container Solutions
      • FPGA Application Acceleration
      • P2V Server Management
      • x86 Servers With Eight Sockets (and Above)
      • Graphics Card Application Acceleration
      • Server Virtual I/O
    • Climbing the Slope
      • Shared OS Virtualization (Nonmainframe)
      • Capacity on Demand (Unix)
      • Linux on Four- to 16-Socket Servers
      • Offload Engines
      • Blade Servers
      • Liquid Cooling
      • Capacity on Demand (Mainframe)
      • Mission-Critical Workloads on Linux
      • Virtual Machine Hypervisor
    • Entering the Plateau
      • Linux on System z
      • Grid Computing Without Using Public Cloud Computers
      • High-Performance Computing Clusters: Windows
      • Mainframe Specialty Engines
      • Multicore Processors
    • Appendixes
      • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels
  • Recommended Reading
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