Gartner Research

Use Single-Socket Servers to Reduce Costs in the Data Center

Published: 05 December 2018

ID: G00373722

Analyst(s): Tony Harvey


IT organizations are continually challenged to provide cost-optimized on-premises server infrastructure. I&O leaders should use servers with a single CPU to reduce acquisition costs of both the server hardware and software licenses.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Leverage CPU Performance Increases to Migrate to Single-CPU Severs
    • Option 1: Use a Dual-Socket Server With One CPU Installed
    • Option 2: Use a Dedicated Single-Socket Server
  • Identify Servers With Low CPU Utilization for Migration
  • Reduce Software License Costs With Single-CPU Servers
    • Use Low-Core-Count CPUs to Reduce the Costs of Core-Licensed Software

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.