"allow emergency configuration changes without requiring restarts."
And how the heck do you install more memory without powering down the whole thing first ?
It's nonsense to think that the server would be installed with maximum physical memory, then configured not to use it all. If a server needs more memory, you need to physically get the DRAMs to the server and slot them in. How can you possibly add memory without doing that ?
And sure, I get that these are virtualized servers, but the physical box they run on still has to have the memory needed in order to increase the amount allocated to that cache server. I'm guessing we're not talking about 4GB here, but much more than that.