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Nik Simpson
Research Director
3 years at Gartner
22 years IT industry

Nik Simpson covers a variety of topics focused in three areas: 1. Compute platforms, x86 and RISC platforms 2. Data center infrastructure and design (power, cooling, etc.) 3. Thick, thin and zero client desktop platforms. Read Full Bio

Energy Efficiency–Where the Rubber Meets the Road

by Nik Simpson  |  July 9, 2010

As Intel and AMD have announced new products, the energy efficiency of their processors in terms of performance/watt has been a key part of their overall marketing message. But the energy efficiency of the processor is only a small part of the overall efficiency of an infrastructure designed to support applications, and often the processor […]

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If You Build It, They May Not Come

by Nik Simpson  |  June 29, 2010

Last week I took a brief look at two companies who believe they have the solution to energy efficient clouds (see here). Both approaches certainly sound like they should deliver more energy efficient clouds than can be constructed using conventional commodity servers, but that may not be enough, for several reasons: Niche solution: Both Tilerra […]

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Energy Efficiency in the Cloud

by Nik Simpson  |  June 23, 2010

I’ve touched on the possibility of using non-traditional hardware architectures such as ARM-based servers in previous posts on the Burton Group blog (see here, here) but some recent announcements from AMD, SeaMicro, and Tilera are starting to make a clearer case for cloud providers. First up is this week’s announcement from AMD of its Opteron […]

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