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Vendor Landscape: Blade Systems

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

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The Value Score indexes each vendor’s product offering and business strength relative to their price point. It does not indicate vendor ranking.

Vendors that score high offer more bang for the buck (e.g. features, usability, stability, etc.) than the average vendor, while the inverse is true for those that score lower.

Price-conscious enterprises may wish to give the Value Score more consideration than those who are more focused on specific vendor/product attributes.

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Your Challenge

  • 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.

Our Advice

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.

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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Search Code: 52833
Published: March 22, 2012
Last Revised: April 3, 2012

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