Gartner Research

Compute Node for Server Virtualization

Published: 15 October 2008

ID: G00203615

Analyst(s): Nik Simpson


x86 server platforms form the majority of enterprise compute ecosystems. The x86 contribution ranges from hosting Domain Name System (DNS) and web servers to supporting critical enterprise-wide applications where portions of the application are distributed to x86 servers. The diverse set of applications for x86 servers, combined with a variety of system designs, leaves customers to work out what makes sense for a particular application. In this Reference Architecture template, Senior Analyst Nik Simpson illustrates the core components and interrelationships in a modern x86 server ecosystem.

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Template Applicability

Template Diagram

Template Description

  • Virtual Machines
  • Hypervisor
  • Compute Node
  • Processors
  • Memory
  • Power
  • Storage
  • Network
  • Server Management
  • Availability

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