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  • Servers with one xeon processor - performance impact

    I am looking into purchasing an IBM server with good specs (32GB DDR3 RAM) but it has only one processor i.e. Intel Xeon x5570 2.93GHz Quadcore.
    I will be hosting about 6 virtual machines for personal learning purposes on it (and not for production use), some Linux and some Windows Server 2008 but I am not sure if one processor will be able to handle the load. In this scenario, would a second processor necessary?

    Can anyone share their experience with using single processor servers with multiple VMs?

    Thanks.

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    Yes, can work OK - RAM is considerably more important - as long as absolute performance is not an issue
    E.g. recent MS training course - 10 VMs on an i3 (with lots of RAM and an SSD)
    Tom Jones
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    Ossian Ltd
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    • #3
      Thanks Ossian.

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