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What's Hot (and What's Not) for Servers

Mar 03, 2011, 17:36 (0 Talkback[s])
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"A new survey by Gabriel Consulting Group (GCG) of Beaverton, Ore. reveals most IT managers and data center managers echo the sentiments of Rhett Butler at the end of "Gone with the Wind" when it comes to which server vendor they prefer: Frankly, they don't give a damn.

"Out of about 200 respondents, only 5 percent are single-vendor shops. Another 23 percent use boxes from two vendors. 32 percent have servers from three vendors, and a further 32 percent have four OEMs represented in their IT department. The remaining 8 percent have servers from five or more vendors.

""Customers aren't standardizing on a particular brand of x86 system," said Dan Olds, principal at GCG. "Only a tiny number of customers have settled on a single x86 system provider, despite every effort by vendors to convince them to do so such as financial inducements, systems management that makes it easier to handle large numbers of servers from a single family, and blade form factors that would tend to yield a bit of vendor lock-in."

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