This content is retired but we have related up-to-date content below.
Trial lock

This Research is for Members Only

Not a member? Unlock a free sample of our research now!

Already a member?

Sign in now

The small enterprise data center now has a wide choice of x64-based mid-range servers from which to choose. In the North American market, the Tier 1 vendors in mid-range servers include Dell, HP, IBM, and Sun. The product differentiation has virtually disappeared since these vendors all utilize the same x64-based processors and offer a wide range of hardware options. To select a server, the enterprise must now consider not just the hardware options, but more nebulous features.


This note discusses the mid-range servers offered by these vendors for quick reference and comparison. In addition, it discusses the differentiators between the vendors in their offerings, such as:

  • Power and Cooling Management.
  • High Availability Configuration.
  • Remote Support Capabilities.
  • Service and Support.

Each vendor offers some level of options in all of these areas, so even here the mid-range server market is becoming commoditized. This provides the SME greater choice and greater control over the server selection process.

Related Content


Get Access

Get Instant Access
To unlock the full content, please fill out our simple form and receive instant access.