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Take a Look at Dell’s Fortuna Server

July 9th, 2009

As web traffic grows constantly and will continue to grow, I am always on the lookout for better ways to host a robust websites. Our clients always demand the best hosting solution but with an eye on the price. Currently the biggest price tags when it comes to hosting data centers is the power consumption and second is the actual space. Note that a side benefit to lower power consumption is reduction in the need of cooling, since logically increased power consumption means more generated heat.

In other words, to remain competitive hosting providers will strive to provide servers with lower power consumption and smaller form factors while assuming a certain level of processing power. This is exactly what DELL’s R&D is working on these days. Here is a video of what is in the works:

What is interesting is that the fortuna will supposedly place 12 of these mini servers in a single enclosure that fits in 2U space. This makes it a 1/6U server. 6 Servers per 1U of space. Here is a photo of a prototype:

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Now, can you imagine each mini server hosting 2-4 VPS with CentOS serving the LAMP stack and either a Joomla, WordPress, or ZenCart on it? Nice!

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