The new form factor is no longer the blade enclosure or the rack, but rather a complete container stuffed with servers, storage and network infrastructure. In some containers you’ll recognize traditional Dell servers and HP blade servers in others.
The amount of processing power and vast amounts of memory is absolutely amazing. In fact it is only just the beginning. Just think of the explosion of processor cores we will experience in the coming year, both from AMD and Intel. Where are the days of 512KB of memory? Simply swop KB’s for GB’s and most likely we will see industry standard servers up to 1TB of RAM.
On PDC09 an example of the Azure Server container was demonstrated:
And an example of the HP POD: the performance optimized datacenter
Microsoft’s vision on 4th generation datacenters: