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MicroServers by highdimensionman on Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:15 am
On todays internet servers you pay a substantial price for a limited bandwidth or limited usage with usually a relativly inefficient largish rack.
Upgrading your setup usually takes a good bit of technical work and extra cost. If say you host media on your personal site or sales you soon get overloaded if you suddenly become popular and left with quite a bill for your efforts.
With the advent of ARM64 and microserver a lot more efficient use of server side becomes possible.
Overcomming the suddenly popular for a day issue.
Instead of charging for how many racks you own and a bandwidth or usage limit you could pay for a floor bandwidth and a 10 or so point priority ranking. For example if you raise your ranking up from 2 too 5 just for the month of december your one server is converted in like a server raid setup to use two extra micro servers. The server side OS could be written with priority adaption in mind. server virtualisation in conjuction with such a model might allow far more individuals to and small companies to develop sites that can adapt to demand in a far more cost effective and efficient way and the server company would probably profit well from such flexability with companies paying for their five minutes of fame more to avoid overload on cyber monday or whatever. Such a adaptive server model should be as easy to work with as a current day server is and not made overly complicated but should function well enough to adapt to demand.
What i'm suggesting here is a sort of merging of cloud and standard server side markets such that it's easy to switch from a single virtual server over to many dedicated servers relative to demand even for individual's like artists allowing for more dynamic use of html5 for small traversing large content demand. microservers along with such a cost effective adaptive model over time would bring more customers into having their own server.
Getting a longer life span from microserver SSD's
When you put a swap partition on an SSD it uses up far more rewrite cycles lowering the life span of the drive and making it more prone to error in the long term. two ways round this are a. to use an extra hard drive which takes up unessary micro server space when you don't need that many extra gigs and also is quite costly or b. to add more memory which takes up more space and is costly.
A less costly or more space saving and faster way round this might be to mount two 1 inch high spin speed energy efficient drives into a 2.5 inch SSD purely for use as a swap and data flow. Such a drive might cost a bit more but when your working with many small businesses and Individuals wanting to make use of microsevers it could be well worth it you could even have a few gigs on a partition for user edited dataflow say for example such that the main site loads fast off the SSD and the lifespan of the drive is longer thanks to some tiny cylinder drives.
this could compliment current hybrid drives relative to their use when you want fast loading crossed with high yeilds of user content just remeber the reverse is also an issue for some customers where the user data flow is low but the content is high especially as AI derived content emerges or if shops just need a few reviews but want extra company content like games and videos on their site ect which they want fast access to their is also the fact that text compresses well already highly compressed media content is bigger and has little benefit from further compression.
Home and office microservers and their integration with cloud and server side microservers.
There may come a day when sever side and client side converge. for example your future microserver might be a plug on the wall dealing many with legitamate p2p content. So you may one day rely more on p2p to popularise your home content while making use of a server side site for the general populus to find you on. Such integration of client side can only really be achived to a high enough and cost effective...
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