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Re: OT Blade servers



Blades are definitely not the next big thing, they are a very solid
market with five big players [IBM, Dell, HP, Verari, Rackable] who
sell blades by the thousands. Common customers are oil and gas
exploration companies, energy companies, graphic design companies,
market research compaines, national agencies (NASA, NIH), biotech
companies.

The chances for a standard backplane are slim to none. Lock in is not
a bitch, its a necessary evil dictated by market conditions.
I do agree with you on the infrastructure point though -- blades are not cheap.

Regards,
GG

On 10/19/05, Dave Ihnat <ignatz dminet com> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 19, 2005 at 07:58:19AM -0500, McDougall, Marshall (FSH) wrote:
> > There is a lot of talk around the shop these days about blades and how
> > they are the next big thing.  I personally think they have limitations
> > and are more niche than global.
> >
> > What kind of blade experiences have you folks had?  Thanks.
>
> Until vendors agree on a common backplane, I've avoided them.  Lock-in
> is such a b*tch...and the infrastructure buy-in with blades amplifies
> the problem.
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