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Server Wars: How to Pick the Right Servers
Posted By Tiare Rath On July 1, 2007 @ 12:00 am In Servers and Routers | No Comments
The major server computer manufacturers have set their sights on selling to you. The small and mid-size business market has become the new battlefield because small businesses, which in the past relied on individual computers for individual tasks, now want to consolidate these functions into servers.
“The competition is definitely is very high, and it’s been growing, mainly because the small and medium-sized business market for technology is growing,” says Gary Chen, senior analyst at the Yankee Group in Boston. “All of these vendors are interested in getting a piece of it.”
Small and mid-size businesses are turning to servers as prices fall and their businesses require centralization, such as sharing files, print applications, data backup, hosting email and websites, and securing a network.
Types of servers
Businesses rely on three types of servers: tower, rack-mounted, and blade. According to IDC, the Framingham, Mass. research firm, about 40 percent of U.S. small and mid-size businesses have Dell servers, nearly a quarter have HP, and no other vendor has more than 5 percent of the market.
Server manufacturers offer dozens of products and a range of prices. Choosing the right server for your business will require a fair amount of research.
“One size doesn’t always fit all. You can’t have a rack that fits everybody’s needs, you can’t have a tower that meets everyone’s needs, and you definitely can’t have a blade that meets everybody’s needs,” says Scott Tease, worldwide project manager for IBM’s BladeCenter .
These are brief descriptions of servers:
Tips for Businesses
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 IBM’s BladeCenter: http://www.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter
 ProLiant DL 380: http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/pscmisc/vac/us/en/sm/proliant/proliant-dl.html
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