SOURCE: TheInfoPro

September 17, 2008 09:13 ET

Virtualization to Positively Impact Sales of 2-Socket Quad Core and 4-Socket Dual and Quad Core Servers Within the Next 12 Months -- New Research From TheInfoPro

Almost 42% of Large Organizations Indicate That 2-Socket Quad Core Is the Hardware Configuration "Sweet Spot" for Hosting Server Virtualization

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) - TheInfoPro (TIP) (, an independent research network and leading supplier of market intelligence for the Information Technology (IT) industry, today announced results from Wave 6 of its Server Study. This new research notably shows that the sweet spot for sockets and cores continues to trend toward larger, more powerful servers that have the ability to be deployed as virtualization hosts. The percentage of organizations that reported a sweet spot for total systems memory of over 20 GB -- buoyed by increasing numbers of sockets and cores -- jumped from 9% in the summer of 2007 to nearly 30% one year later, an increase of almost 21%.

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"We've long tested the premise that if virtualization allows the work of 10 servers to be run on perhaps two, new server purchases would eventually slow or cease, as users reuse existing capacity for new applications," says Bob Gill, Managing Director of Server research for TheInfoPro. "In particular, we track the impact that virtualization is having on the acquisition of new servers by specific form factor, such as 2-socket dual core vs. quad core. In Wave 6, we actually saw acquisition plans change dramatically from this time a year ago -- with the percentage of users citing 2-socket dual core systems as the "sweet spot" for processor configuration dropping from 60% to under 30% and the percentage citing 2-socket quad core rising from 14% to 51%."

Top Technologies on the Server Hardware Technology Heat Index®, which gauges the immediacy of user needs and planned spending for each technology: Intel 4-socket standalone servers have risen from #12 in the winter of 2007, to #3 in the Summer of 2007, to #1 currently. The percentage of in plan mentions for HP rose sharply from a year ago, with Dell also receiving increased interest. This drive to greater power is further evidenced by the fact that of those citing new 4-socket systems, 70% expect them to be quad-core-equipped processors. Fifty-three percent (53%) report such systems currently in use, with another 13% indicating that they are in pilot or in short-term plan. An additional 11% report that they are in long-term plan. HP leads all others for in use and in consideration citations, with Dell receiving strong in long term plan mentions.

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 or call 1-212-672-0010.

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