The blade server wars are heating up, and this time the battlefield is the small and mid-sized businesses, whose specific needs and volume potential have led market leaders Hewlett-Packard and IBM to tailor specific new platforms to meet their requirements.
IBM since June has been touting its BladeCenter S platform, which has a Dec. 18 roll-out scheduled and is targeted specifically at SMBs. Hewlett-Packard last month introduced a new blade server chassis dubbed Ã‚Â«www.informationweek.comÃ‚Â» that the company claims will provide mid-size companies with an Ã¢â‚¬Å“easy-to-configure data center in box.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The efforts to provide mid-size businesses with tailored blade platforms represent something of a Ã¢â‚¬Å“catch-upÃ¢â‚¬Â effort for IBM and HP, which both were caught by surprised at the high level of server blades into data centers of medium-sized businesses, said Gordon Haff, an analyst with Illuminata, in an interview.
Check out this commentary on blade servers for the small/medium businesses, it was an interesting read. I wonder how small/medium businesses will react to these new servers, what benefits they see with this new platform. Evolving the platform to the small/medium sector has to be a good thing for the market as a whole, I wonder if the small/medium business blade servers wouldn’t be great for those proof of concept or development grids? Where you’re wanting to test if the application is suited to grid or needs anything special when working with DataSynpase or Platform?