A microserver (micro-server) is a small form-factor system-on-a-chip (SoC) server.
Microservers are less expensive and have less processing power than traditional enterprise-class rack servers. They can easily be grouped into clusters and are well-suited for tasks that do not require require multiple CPUs. They are often used by small-to medium-sized businesses that operate with minimal IT staff but they can also be useful in data centers for small or temporary jobs.
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Because microservers are often used as network appliances, they are sometimes referred to as appliance servers. Several major vendors produce microservers, including HP, Dell and Hitachi.
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- Moonshot initiative and Dell's PowerEdge C5220 micro servers are competing with Intel and ARM's SoC microservers.
- Small-to medium-sized businesses might choose a microserver when they need server functions, but don't need a full-scale rack or tower server.