SOURCE: TheInfoPro


June 10, 2009 11:13 ET

Economic Conditions Accelerate Consolidation's Dampening of Server Hardware Demand -- New Research From TheInfoPro

Linux Deployments Are Growing and Windows Server Application Loads Are Moving to Virtual Hosts as IT Professionals Look to Virtualization as a Means of Leveraging Existing Assets While Waiting Out the Recession

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) - TheInfoPro, an independent research company for the IT industry, today announced that findings from its most recent Servers Study reflect that the depressed server hardware market is being caused by a confluence of the economic downturn and the impact of server consolidation and virtualization that has been a top priority for the past several years. Accordingly, the research shows that hardware form factors rank lower than they did in the past on TheInfoPro's Server Hardware Technology Heat Index®, which gauges the immediacy of user needs and planned spending for more than 40 technologies. Meanwhile, networking technologies that support higher-density server loads are now topping the list.

TheInfoPro's latest biannual Servers Study, based on in-depth interviews with 167 IT pros at Fortune 1000 (F1000) and midsize enterprises (MSEs), outlines where server departments within these organizations stand in terms of budgets, technology roadmaps and technology provider choices and ratings.

Key findings on projected base of server types within F1000 and MSE organizations:

--  User estimates of the effects of consolidation and growth in server
    types reveal an expected 10% reduction in Windows servers by year-end 2009.
--  There is a projected growth of one-third in the number of physical
    Linux servers by year-end 2009, although this is skewed by several very
    large deployments of scaled-out Linux farms.
--  The number of RISC Unix physical servers is expected to sharply
    decline by the end of the year, while the average number of physical
    servers hosting virtual machines is expected to grow by roughly 26%.

"With server budgets flat or declining for 2009, there seems to be little good news or growth areas to highlight in this latest study," said Bob Gill, TheInfoPro's Managing Director of Server Research. "One exception, though, can be seen in the deployment of Linux-based servers, which, while not dominant from the perspective of total OSs installed, continues to maintain growth year over year. With Linux every bit as robust as Unix in interviewees' minds, the growing ISV base and the inescapable economics of advancing x86 technology paint a rosy picture for Linux in the coming years. There seems to be little conflict between Linux and Windows Server in most enterprises because the OSs are serving different application bases."

About TheInfoPro's Server Study

TIP's Server Study is an in-depth look into the key trends occurring across all areas of the server landscape, including both server hardware and server software. The study is completed biannually through one-on-one hourlong interviews with key server decision-makers, including managers of data center operations, server managers and heads of business technology within F1000 and MSE organizations. The interview results are collected in comprehensive research reports that provide continuous business intelligence within key areas such as technology roadmaps, spending plans and vendor performance ratings.

Vendors mentioned throughout the study include: Akorri, Altair, BigFix, BlueStripe, BMC Software, Citrix, Cisco, Data Domain, DataSynapse, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu Siemens, Fusion-io, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Mindcast, NEC, NetApp, Novell, Oracle, Parallels, Power Admin, Quest Software, Sun, Vizioncore, VMware and Xiotech, among others.

About TheInfoPro

TheInfoPro is the only independent research network for the information technology (IT) industry. Through a peer network of more than 1,800 of the world's largest buyers and users of IT, including Citigroup, FedEx, McGraw-Hill, MasterCard, Pfizer, Vodafone, PepsiCo, JPMorgan Chase and Harvard University, TheInfoPro delivers detailed budget, vendor performance and technology roadmap data without spin or bias. Known as the "voice of the customer," TheInfoPro helps IT professionals, technology providers and institutional investors make sound decisions on technologies, vendor relationships and investments. Founded in 2002 by alumni of Gartner, Giga, EMC and Bell Labs, TheInfoPro is headquartered in New York City. To learn more, visit or call (212) 672-0010.

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