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How power in the data center is driving disruption

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The future of data centers isn’t about performance. It’s about performance per watt. It’s about building a data center that uses less power, lowers operating costs and leaves a smaller carbon footprint. And drivers are emerging that indicate that the semiconductor and server markets, the lifeblood of the data center, are open to disruption.

Enter the disruptors: Calxeda, Tilera and SeaMicro. These are companies with new ideas about how to build low-power servers, and Calxeda and Tilera want to build those servers on non-x86 architectures. Unseating Intel and AMD on the microprocessor side and HP, Dell and IBM on the server manufacturer side is a feat.

To read more about how power is disrupting the data center, check out the latest Weekly Update (subscription requires) from our GigaOM Pro Green IT curator Adam Lesser (@adamdlesser).