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Dell Hones in on Blade Market

Feb 05, 2009, 23:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Drew Robb)

"PowerEdge M-series stress power efficiency, good performance for virtualization and a low total cost of ownership. While HP has been taking what might be termed a "blade everything" approach, Dell's strategy is to release blades when and where it thinks it makes most business sense. This seems to be paying off, at least in the short term. According to IDC (Framingham, Mass.), Dell out-paced the industry with 60 percent growth in blades in the third quarter of 2008. The soon to be issued fourth quarter results from IDC will show just how much momentum Dell has been able to achieve.

"Probably the most significant blade development was the introduction of the PowerEdge M805 and M905 full-height blade servers. The company characterizes this model as the industry's most powerful and energy-efficient virtualization server blade. Designed from the ground up for virtualization, the M905 is also well-suited for memory- and performance-intensive applications and for applications that need highly available fully redundant connectivity. The M905 placed the number on the VMmark benchmark for 16-core blades."

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