Processor Vendors for web servers

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    Processor Vendors for web servers

    Hi,

    Can you please tell me some processor vendors for web servers who are currently the major players of the market?

    Thanks,

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    Intel and AMD?

    Or am I misunderstanding your question?
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    Can you please specify at least one processor for web server avaliable from each because i want to evaluate each one.

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    I'm pretty sure most web servers these days run on normal desktop CPUs. Perhaps the server variants. AMD's Opteron line is for servers. Intel's Xeon line used to be for servers; I don't know if they still have that. And of course, the Itanium II is for servers. (That's a whole new architecture, though.)
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    which one do u think is better than the other and why?

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    I don't. I'm not a network administrator; I don't need to worry about constructing web servers.

    I don't think this forum is really the best place to get such involved information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lind View Post
    which one do u think is better than the other and why?
    To some extent, this is like asking, which is the better car, a Ferrari, a Land Rover or a Smart Car. It depends on what you want to do, and how you value different features.

    Both AMD and Intel make a wide variety of really good processors. They are designed for different purposes - some are for top-end gaming machines, expensive and fast (like a Ferrari). The "Land Rover" in processors is the server processor - it is built to be sturdy and strong, not stopping for anything (and if it does stop, you can figure out why real easily). The laptop processors are the "Smart Car" - small, power-efficient, but still pretty nippy. Not what you want for really intensive calculations, but still fine for most things.

    And then we have the "Ford Mondeo" - the regular desktop processor. They are not best at anything, but they are cheap and durable.

    The biggest difference is that the server processors are tested through extra tests to make sure they will continue to run under a lot harsher conditions (higher temperature for example) than the regular processors. Server processors also usually support multiprocessors setup and registered memory, the latter is necessary to allow for large machines with lots of memory.

    Do you need a server processor to run a web-server? No, not at all. It very much depends on what you are doing. It's just like asking "Do I need a van to deliver parcels?" - you do if you have lots of parcels to deliver each day. But if you deliver one or two parcels once in a while, a regular car will work fine [assuming average size parcels, of course].

    If you have a web-server supporting hundreds or thousands of visitors to three different web-sites with dynamic content generation and lots of database work, you need something pretty beefy. If you have a few dozen visitors, lightweight content, you can run it on your laptop whilst you are using it to read e-mail and browse the web yourself.

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    This really sounds homeworky, "List the major server processor vendors and makes, ranking each one. 1 is best x is worst".

    I'd probably go for a Ford Transit server processor , chuck a turbo (faster) on it and a trailer (support for more memory) and you've got a beast.

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    Yes, it probably is.

    If Lind is still listening, don't forget to mention the PowerPC architecture produced by IBM (and Motorola?) which is used in some machines.

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