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Vendor Landscape: Blade Systems

Blades slice into an ever larger piece of the data center pie.

  • HP and IBM continue to dominate the blade system market, but new entrants are making selection more difficult as the market trends towards converged infrastructure.
  • Products appear similar, but an in-depth look into features and context will match you with the right vendor.

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Critical Insight

  • Blade server buyers rank consolidation enablement, reduction in management complexity, and physical space requirements as critically important.
  • The proliferation of virtualization means that memory can quickly become a bottleneck. To avoid this, look for platforms with extendable memory options.
  • Blade Systems are more than the sum of their parts. Before making a selection, make sure the system will work within your organization’s existing infrastructure.

Impact and Result

  • Understand what’s new in the blade system market.
  • Evaluate blade vendors and products for your enterprise needs.
  • Determine which products are most appropriate for particular use cases and scenarios.

Vendor Landscape: Blade Systems Research & Tools

1. Narrow down a list of blade system vendors

Avoid overspending, underperformance, and compromising of business critical tasks.

2. Identify the solutions that best fit enterprise needs

Develop a shortlist to speed the selection process.

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