SOURCE: TheInfoPro

August 18, 2008 14:09 ET

Enterprise Organizations Indicate a Hazy Short-Term Future for Blade Servers, Though Brighter Longer Term -- New Research From TheInfoPro

Nearly 40% of Enterprise Organizations Project That Over 75% of All New Servers Installed in 2010 Will Be Blade-Based

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 18, 2008) - TheInfoPro (TIP), an independent research network and leading supplier of market intelligence for the Information Technology (IT) industry, today announced that by 2010, providers of blade servers will see a huge turnaround in a market that's currently stagnant and that has witnessed a steady softening in demand over the past year. According to Wave 6 of the Servers Study, 31% of respondents currently express that they are skeptical and have little interest in blade servers or that blade servers don't apply to them. However, by 2010, nearly 40% of enterprises project that over 75% of all new servers installed will be blade-based.

To view a rich media presentation of findings, visit: http://www.brainshark.com/theinfopro/serv-pr1

"Because of the recent focus on reducing data center carbon footprints and the implementation of virtualization to accomplish this reduction, blade servers have been pushed to the back burner," says Bob Gill, Managing Director of Server research for TheInfoPro. "The increased density of blades, coupled with concerns over environmental issues such as concentrated heat output, are among the key reasons that organizations have put off procuring blade servers."

Key highlights on the state of the current blade server market:

--  Forty-six percent (46%) of Server pros believe that blades are
    critical or valuable to their current business objectives, which is far
    lower than the 58% in Wave 5.  The percentage that said that blades didn't
    apply or that they had no interest continued to hover at around 25% of the
    respondent base, as users continue to take a "wait and see" attitude toward
    blades.
    
--  The percentage of end users that do not see a role for blades over the
    long term remains 25%, rather than having diminished over time.  It's
    important to note that 124 enterprises participated in the blade research
    this wave, eliminating the possibility for small-sample bias.
    
--  The market for blades remains largely untapped, with 20% reporting
    that none are currently installed and with another 25% indicating that
    blades make up between 1% and 5% of all servers.
    

Key highlights on the future of the blade server market:

--  Longer term, the prospect for blades brightens, with nearly 40% of
    enterprises projecting that over 75% of all new servers installed in 2010
    will be blade-based.
    
--  While over 40% report that they currently do not have any blades
    hosting virtualization, nearly 40% expect that over 75% of their blades
    will be virtual hosts by 2010.
    

About The Study

Over 160 one-on-one, hour-long interviews were conducted with Fortune 1000 and Midsize Enterprise end users for the Wave 6 Server Study, providing commentary and insight on their Server adoption plans, management strategies, and vendor performance with regard to key technologies.

Technology providers that were mentioned throughout the study include: 3PAR, Acronis, Agami, AMD, APC, Aperture Technologies, Attachmate, Avocent, BigFix, Blade Network Technologies, Blue Coat, BMC Software, Brocade, CA, Cisco, Citrix, CommVault, Compellent, Configuresoft, Data Domain, Dell, Determina, Egenera, EMC, Emulex, Extreme Networks, F5 Networks, Foundry Networks, Fujitsu Siemens, GFI, HDS, HP, IBM, Intel, Ipswitch, Juniper, Linux, LSI Logic, Lumension, Managed Objects, Microsoft, Nagios, NetApp, Netezza, Nortel, Novell, ONStor, OPNET, Opsware, Oracle, Parallels, QLogic, Quest Software, Rackable Systems, Red Hat, Riverbed, SAP, Shavlik, SolarWinds, Sun, SUSE, Symantec, Vizioncore, VMware, Wyse Technology and Xen

About TheInfoPro

TheInfoPro (TIP) is the only independent research network for the Information Technology (IT) industry. Created in 2002 by alumni of Gartner, EMC, Giga, and Bell Labs, TIP investigates key IT sectors -- Networking, Information Security, Servers, Storage, and Sourcing -- via a comprehensive in-depth interview process. Through a peer network of over 1800 of the world's largest buyers and users of IT -- including Citigroup, FedEx, McGraw-Hill, MasterCard, and Harvard University -- TIP delivers detailed budget, vendor performance and technology roadmap data without spin or bias. Known as the voice of the customer, TIP helps IT professionals, technology providers, and institutional investors make sound decisions on technologies, vendor relationships and investments. To learn more, visit www.theinfopro.net or call 1-212-672-0010

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