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'Regardless of how blade servers are used, the market is booming'

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Adoption of blade servers is increasing quite fast. These servers are strong

on power efficiency, space saving and very easy to manage and maintain. Blade

server technology can accommodate 280 servers in a single industry standard

rack. Alongside, one could also have dual and Quad CPU Xeon servers in a blades

form factor. Server blade cards fitting into server enclosures is a path

breaking technology. Will this technology make it big in the server space? Yes,

says Rajesh Dhar country manager-Industry Standard Server Busines, HP India in

an interview to Dataquest. Excerpts

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How do you characterize the Blade server market globally?



According to IDC, the global blade server market is $583 mn as compared to

the overall $44.3 bn server market. But it is growing fast- it saw a 54% rise in

sales last year as compared to 2002, when the major sellers had launched blades.

In an Indian context what is the market maturity for blade servers and

which are the enterprise segments that are currently going for blades?

Rajesh Dhar

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Blade servers are largely identical to currently used rack servers. So, their

market adoption scenarios are also the same as currently used rack servers. We

have seen that some of the earliest adopters have been the high-performance

computing segment that needs configurations like clusters of Linux servers. This

segment is looking for processing power and density at a low price. However,

corporations also are also interested, as they seek to break out applications

onto distributed servers.

What is HP's Blade server strategy and offerings in India?



Compared to traditional x86, rack-mount or proprietary platforms, our Blade

System dramatically lowers cost, increases utilization and efficiency. So our

strategy is to educate customers on the savings that Blade System can bring

about for the enterprise and how it can lower their cost of ownership of the

infrastructure. Our offerings in the space include compute, storage, power, and

network resources integrated into an advanced management framework improving

collaboration and processes.

What is the value proposition an enterprise derives by this option?



Blade server's strength is in the elements they share, which include the

back plane, fans, and management. This saves valuable floor space, reduces the

amount of cabling, and provides great management flexibility. It also enables

great scaling. For instance blades can be simply scaled by adding cards to the

existing chassis. Price and density is the key, but the cost of deployment and

management, especially in terms of IT personnel hours is also a differentiator.

What is the response from the Indian enterprise CIO's on the Blade

servers?



There is a mixed reaction from CIOs. Some of them are absolutely impressed

by the technology and are adopting it enthusiastically. Blade System very

efficiently addresses their need for managing cost of ownership, mitigating

risks, increasing performance, and increasing agility. Others are slightly

guarded because it is a new technology, which in some cases requires a paradigm

shift in how the infrastructure is perceived as a whole rather than only as

technology. Blade servers are being adopted by enterprises that realize the

savings from Blade System in terms of costs across all dimensions of ownership.

It is actually growing or is at the same rate as the market maturity level-and

in today's scenario, it is at a rapid rate.

Shrikanth G in

Chennai

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