IBM has taken the gloves off in its battle to dominate the blade server market ahead of HP.
Big Blue is already the leader in terms of sales in the global blade server market, ahead of number two HP. Dell and Sun Microsystems have much smaller shares of the market.
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IBM has now released power consumption figures for its BladeCenter system, claiming that it uses 30% less energy than the HP BladeSystem.
Based on internal IBM testing, IBM’s AMD Opteron-based BladeCenter LS21 within the BladeCenter system chassis, is said to use up to 30% less energy than the comparable HP AMD Opteron-based BladeSystem BL465c in the HP cClass system chassis.
This figure is when both systems are idle. The figure is 18% when both systems are running at full load, said IBM.
HP pointed out that IBM’s tests were internally done, and said it would be happy to put up its systems for comparable testing by an independent tester.
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