The hottest new server technologies are blade and

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Analyze the two new server technologies of "blade and virtual"

blade server technology

speaking of blade server, IBM, sun, HP and Dell improved their blade technology and products respectively in 2006, but the growth of blade server market is still not as ideal as previously expected. In 2003, IDC predicted optimistically that by 2007, the shipment of blades would account for 25% of the entire server market. But at present, according to the report of the survey organization, blade servers only account for% of the server market. There is a big gap from the prediction at that time. What is the reason for the lukewarm application of blade server market this year

first of all, the positioning of blade server is aimed at medium and high-end users, and users of small and medium-sized enterprises can't afford it. Therefore, it is difficult to see the "blowout" of blade server sales. Let's analyze the blade server. We can know that more than 10 blades can be placed in a blade chassis. However, the users who purchase more than 10 blades at a time in China are certainly not small customers. In terms of quantity, this group is much less than those who purchase two or three rack servers alone. The reason is very simple. For example, when you buy toothpaste every day, you buy twoorthree boxes for your family at a time. Now I introduce a toothpaste product that can be used by 10 people for a year. Will you buy it? Obviously, you won't buy it. What you buy should be the collective buyers of hotels or schools, which is determined by the product positioning of blade servers

secondly, new products are confused about users' applications. In this way, we can only analyze users who need more than ten purchase servers. If he is an industry user who is used to rack servers and feels there are no problems, he will have doubts about blade servers, such as stability, reliability, scalability and heat dissipation. If he is a new user and has strict space requirements, he may try blade server, because blade is the killer of rack server in space utilization

there are also some technical factors. Because the current blade server manufacturers are still fighting their own products, and their products are not well coordinated and compatible, users have many scruples when purchasing. A friend also asked me this question: why is it necessary to insert HP blades into sun or Dell blade chassis? I also want to ask such a question. If my blade server breaks down, I can only find the original manufacturer and can't easily buy it in the market. What is this not a technology monopoly? If you buy a product and then get stuck by it and don't open it, the market is definitely unhealthy. This is also the focus of consumables in it printer products. This technology brings a lot of things, such as the unification of protocols, the selection of storage products and the requirements of computer room power supply. At the same time, the popularity of dual core technology and virtualization technology also makes the problems that users need to consider more complex. CIOs in the industry cannot fail to carefully measure. Therefore, they dare not rush to purchase blade servers

finally, talk about the current market situation. In terms of product price, the purchase cost of blades cannot be reduced to meet the realistic psychological price of users. Although many people understand that the management cost and operation and maintenance cost will be lower after purchasing blade servers, they still dare not eat this crab first. Speaking of blade server manufacturers, they can be roughly divided into three echelons: the first is the market leader represented by IBM and HP, the second is the followers such as sun and Dell, and the remaining market participants. Users obviously do not dare to purchase products from the third tier, because it is difficult to predict whether they will produce blade servers after five years, so the price of blade servers is a problem, but not the most critical problem. The price of the first tier is difficult to accept. Most manufacturers compete for customers in the Chinese market by relying on old customer relationships. This reality is difficult to change at present

this means that the blade server market increased by 4.24% year-on-year; Export volume 1607 That's all for the 530000 ton field water technicians to share. The reason why it is not warm enough and difficult for users to swallow is that in another vigorous virtualization market this year, there is another scene

server virtualization technology

in 2006, the topic of virtualization has flooded the ears of all server users. It has become a new hotspot in the development of server technology. With the participation of manufacturers of chips, operating systems and services, which are relatively standardized and value-added products, tools and software, the industrial ecosystem of server virtualization has gradually formed. The emergence of dual core and quad core processors and the increasingly perfect support functions of 64 bit platforms provide a more stable and reliable fundamental guarantee for virtualization technology, and make virtualization technology develop towards diversification and deeper level this year. Virtualization technology can expand the capacity of hardware and simplify the process of software reconfiguration

virtualization can be said to be a good technology to improve server utilization, which has also been unanimously recognized by users and manufacturers, but why is the market response not satisfactory

this is mainly because the technology is still in the promotion and startup stage, and it is still difficult to determine what virtualization will look like in the future. The solutions that manufacturers now put in front of users are like a blind man touching an elephant. IBM has IBM's virtualization, VMware has its own virtualization, and other companies taking type-A sensor as an example, each has its own way, which makes people feel very confused

now, virtualization is a multi-level concept, covering the entire server field, from processors to the final application system. What we see is the virtualization technology and means that each manufacturer understands. As for whose technology will ultimately benefit users, it still depends on the development of technology. This also determines that the current manufacturers' publicity for virtualization, that is, market publicity, and users' response to virtualization is far from universal! (end)

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