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May 2013, Volume 2, Number 5

Server vendors must innovate to stem bleeding

Tier-1 server vendors are clawing their way back now that both public clouds and server virtualization are eating into sales. In order to compete, these vendors have begun to innovate in an effort to stem those losses. Dreams of converged infrastructure Over the past several years, vendors have responded to increasing commoditization and outsourcing of server workloads with increasingly proprietary, integrated systems -- so-called converged infrastructure -- which are designed to make it easy for customers to keep buying from them after the initial purchase. All major server vendors have converged infrastructure offerings: IBM has PureSystems and HP has CloudSystem. Dell offers vStart and Cisco's Unified Computing System is the basis for VCE Vblock and NetApp FlexPod. For a comprehensive look at the major converged infrastructure platforms, see "Comparing popular converged infrastructure products," MI, March 2013. Can HP, IBM and Dell survive the cloud? Part 1: Can traditional server vendors survive the cloud push? Part 2: ...

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