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Blade servers finding favour

Blade servers are finally gaining acceptance in enterprise computing, research from industry analysts has shown.

Interviews with 130 top server professionals by analyst firm TheInfoPro revealed that users are evenly split between “scaling out” –  boosting processing power by adding small units such as blades – and using virtualisation to add processing power, the blade option is no longer taking a backseat to virtualisation.

More than 85% of those interviewed in the second quarter of 2006 reported that blade servers were either “valuable” or “critical” to their long-term server plans.

The findings show increased acceptance of the use of blade servers since an earlier wave of research, carried out in the last quarter of 2005. Then, 6% of respondents said they had no interest in blades while another 8% said they were skeptical. The new interviews produced no negative responses.

TheInfoPro’s chief research officer Bob Gill said, “User opinion of blade servers has shifted from disappointment over unfulfilled promises, to acceptance and understanding of just where blades fit in the enterprise.

“As vendors have toned down the hype over blades, users are increasingly viewing blades as simply another form factor with unique advantages and disadvantages, rather than some radically new server type.”


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