Micro servers offer an alternative approach to traditional servers for many applications, including Web servers, cloud computing, the Internet of things (IoT) and software-defined networking (SDN)/network functions virtualization (NFV). Micro servers are typically small modules integrating processor and memory that plug into a 2U-5U chassis with shared power, cooling and management. Micro servers support higher densities, lower energy consumption and are more cost effective than discrete servers. The micro server approach can also be used for network appliances that integrate hardware or software for specific networking applications. This report details and analyzes processor architectures and low-power processors for micro servers and network appliances from eight leading vendors, identifying the key requirements and highlighting the advantages they hold for equipment manufacturers and service providers. The report also reviews vendor strategies and surveys component features, performance and flexibility in this important market.
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