DRAM and the Effects of Memory Size on Data Center Budgets and Size
One of the most significant factors that increases data center cost is one that is often overlooked: memory. The reason, according to experts, that data centers have to get much bigger and expensive is because of the need to increase memory, and in recent years, that memory increase has often focused on DRAM. Here, we’ll answer four of your questions about DRAM and the role it plays in data center management.
What is DRAM?
Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) is memory that allows computer processes to run data and program codes. Since DRAM is an important component of properly running modern enterprise and data center applications, the need to increase DRAM was one of the biggest reasons companies needed to build new data centers.
How does DRAM affect the bottom line?
In years past, the problem with DRAM was that its price increased significantly the more gigabytes of memory a data center required. For example, in 2015, a 64 GB memory module was seven times more expensive than a 16 GB one. This increase in DRAM prices made many data centers turn to motherboard memory module slots with lower capacity that were less expensive. As such, data centers found it made more sense to simply add more servers, rather than to add more DRAM. However, these additional servers also often required more space, making this kind of constant addition untenable in the long run.
How is DRAM changing?
2017 is expected to be the year when a larger DRAM size is more readily available on the cloud and in enterprises: this year, 1 TB of DRAM is predicted to become widely available and affordable to those data centers that require this much memory.
What’s the continuous issue?
Despite the significant functionality improvements by 1 TB of DRAM, large datasets are still growing more quickly than hardware functionality can hold them. Further, most motherboard and computer manufacturers do not currently offer support for 1 TB of DRAM.
Because of these limitations, you still want to limit your memory use as much as possible. If you’re not sure you’re using your DRAM efficiently or think you might need to upgrade the size of your servers’ memory, Silverback Data Center Solutions can assist with your operational requirements. Our Managed Services solutions give you the option to let us handle some of your data center operations so your memory needs won’t grow beyond your capacity.