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LinuxPlanet: Linux Clusters Rev Up on PC Blades

Sep 15, 2003, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"When it comes to Linux clusters, mainframes have long drawn the largest acclaim. Now, though, scientific and technical imaging specialists such as Paradigm and Electro-Optical Sciences (EOS) are praising the gains they're seeing from Linux clusters on PC servers, even without blades.

"According to Mark Melenovsky, an IDC analyst, these two IBM customers represent a couple of industry trends particularly visible over the past year: a move to Linux-based PC servers, and the rise of blade servers.

"IDC's latest quarterly numbers show that the overall server market remained flat from Q2 2002 to Q2 2003 at about $11.7 billion, Melenovsky says. Meanwhile, however, spending on Linux servers shot to about $650 million, a year-on-year gain of 39.5 percent, according to IDC. These statistics don't even include mainframes running Linux on top of OS390 and zOS. 'We're basing our numbers on the primary OS only,' he says..."

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