Baking a cake and cooking a stir fry are two tasks that have many similarities, but the key to successful execution for each is very different. When baking a cake, it’s all about precise measurements and combinations, whereas when making a stir fry you can pretty much put together any ingredients that you like. Selecting a blade server is like baking a cake. It’s not always a matter of what you like best, but rather how the blade fits with the rest of the existing infrastructure ingredients.
Blade server adoption has been rapidly increasing because of the multiple benefits that blades provide. Blade servers reduce server costs and are ideal for consolidation and virtualization, particularly where space is at a premium. Info-Tech found that when it comes to selection, blade buyers rank consolidation enablement, reduction in management complexity, and reducing physical space requirements as critically important. However, when it comes to a successful blade purchase, the key differentiators come not from the blades themselves, but from the systems they plug into. Before making any purchasing decisions, know how the blade will fit into the existing infrastructure.
Info-Tech’s recent Vendor Landscape: Blade Systems evaluated seven top vendors. So let’s cut to the chase – who came out a cut above the rest? Well, no big surprise that the large vendors HP, IBM, Dell, and Cisco all slide comfortably into the Champion category. While each vendor has different strengths, overall these products offer the most balanced blades and most developed management platforms. Dell also takes home the Value award with the most comprehensive product offering at the most affordable price. Hitachi Data Systems are relatively new entrants to the blade market; their tight engineering and logical portioning feature win them the Trendsetter award.
For more information, please see Vendor Landscape: Blade Systems.