Almost everyone knows what a server does. It serves clients in the network. But do you need a server that has to do something special, that you will not come across in the market readily. If this is the case, then you will need a custom built server. In fact, research shows that in recent times, the demand for custom-built desktops and servers is actually on the rise in comparison to their branded competitors.
The gains made by the custom built servers have mostly been at the expense of HP, which by the way is still the market leader. While HP remained the leader with a market share of 34 percent, the position of the company still went down by as much as 10 percent. On the other hand, the figures reported by another major Dell actually rose. Another interesting find from the survey shows that as much as 37 percent of the solution providers felt that custom built desktops were actually their best sellers.
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But why this sudden rise in demand for custom built servers? Analysts feel that this has direct relevance to the growth of the economy and financial health of the IT sector. Historical data tends to agree with them. Companies would go for custom systems only when they have the financial strengths to increase their spending. And this can only happen when the industry is doing well. So this is good news for the economy.
So if your company is seeking customized solutions, you are not alone. Many others are thinking like you do and trying to arrange something that is just right for their unique situation.
There are 2 ways to get customized servers. The first way is naturally to seek help from a company and get something delivered that is customized. But there are those who will also modify your existing server to make it just right. You could even build your own CounterStrike server if you wanted.
ShortStack? Micro Server – this type of server really blows my mind
By leveraging the existing 8, 16 or 32-bit micro controller and software inside a device and adding even less than 4K of additional code, Echelon’s ShortStack software enables manufacturers to add substantial new functionality to their products while preserving their development investments. This software enables standard devices to communicate effectively with other devices over the Internet and across LonWorks networks, which is the leading open standard for networking everyday devices.
There are many gains from this. Devices can become part of integrated systems while manufacturers can supplement remote diagnostics, standard maintenance, monitoring, and control.
Supermicro Server System – check these guys out for decent parts
Supermicro Computer, Inc., which is a leading manufacturer of high quality motherboard, chassis and server solutions, has tied up with Fujitsu to introduce the world?s first SAS server solutions. As a part of their joint venture, Fujitsu recently set up an impressive Supermicro server system running 15 Supermicro M28E1 storage mobile-racks that hosts 120 Fujitsu SAS hard drives under a single SAS controller.
Supermicro and Fujitsu have consistently led the industry in SAS product development. The venture reports that customers are already picking up on it and they look forward to growing acceptance and implementation in the market.
Supermicro is also known for its SAS-optimized solutions such as servers, server boards, chassis and storage mobile racks. The flagship Super X6DH3-G2 server board leverages the Intel E7520 chipset to support dual 64-bit Xeon processors running at up to 3.60GHz with 2MB of L3 cache. The X6DH3-G2 features 8 DIMM sockets for up to 16GB of ECC DDRII 400 memory and supports 8 SAS drives with RAID 0, 1. Other features include dual Gigabit LAN, 2 PCI-Express x8, 3 PCI-X-133/100, and one legacy PCI slot, as well as an IPMI 2.0 socket for server management.
What is a server? Do you wonder? Well this should explain it.
It is something that manages network resources and serves clients who are connected to it. In other words, it is a computer that is designated for supplying information in many forms, so that other computers can use it. Now there may be several requests from hundreds, even thousands of clients in a big network. And all requests are coming in at the same time. So it is not unlikely that the server gets over burdened and is thus unable to serve anyone properly. 2 things can happen in such a scenario. #1 – the responses to all actions of a client is delayed. And #2 – the server is unable to serve the client at all.
It is much like a busy street on peak hour. Everyone wanting to go at the same time and thus no one being able to do so. So what do the traffic department do? It diverts traffic to avoid snarl-ups. The same is the case with a busy server. It takes the help of a ‘load balancing web server’ to ease the flow.
So the goal of a load balancing web server is to distribute incoming requests among a bunch of web servers in order to increase response time and throughput.
Advantages of custom built load balancing servers:
- It eliminates downtime by automatically redirecting traffic in the event of server failure or network congestion.
- Improves website or application speed by distributing the load among multiple servers, maximizing reliability, responsiveness and throughput for a better customer experience..
- The organization can easily expand to meet increased demand by adding servers, without having to change the necessary configuration or take the existing servers down for an upgrade..
There is a popular saying – “2 heads are always better than 1″. It is something like this. You are actually taking stock of the situation and leveraging the power of more to serve one, so that the network is able to function efficiently.