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Blades Server Strategies Local Communications Market Opportunities, Market Forecasts, and Market Strategies, 2003-2008

  • ID: 32335
  • Report
  • January 2003
  • Region: Global
  • 290 pages
  • Wintergreen Research, Inc
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Margins are slimmer on blade systems compared to mid-range systems.Manufacturers are attempting to gain market share and sell volume.The anticipation of making profits from supplemental service, such as warranties, consulting, and systems integration is a market factor.

Blade servers consolidate and simplify the reduction of tangled cables.The spaghetti mess is literally 200 cables coming out of a 2-meter rack.It is very easy to disconnect the wrong one.

Hewlett Packard leads worldwide blade server market shares with 56% in 2002 in a $158 million market.IBM is number two in the blade sever market with 22% market share participation.

Growth drivers are Linux clusters and blades.Server consolidation is driving Unix low- end substitution.The small and medium business market represents over 50% of the Intel- based market.In 2002, IBM gained 12 points in 4-way Intel servers, and 17 pts in 8- way Intel servers.

IT spending on blade servers at $158 million in 2002 is expected to grow to $11.8 billion in 2008.There was an increase from $25 million to $269 million in the worldwide low end blade market for the years 2002-2008.

The key topics covered in this report include:

- Blade Server Definition,
- Blades Bring Shift In Server Design,
- Modular Integration Platform,
- Wireless Handset Market Positioning Factors
- Robust Management Tools,
- Communications Service Providers As Target Market,
- Impact Of Downturn In The Economy,
- Software On The Edge Of The Blades

Following is a list of companies profiled in the report:

- 2C Computing
- Accton Technology
- Agilent Technologies
- AMD
- Amphus
- Brocade
- Dell
- Diversified Technology
- Ensim
- F5 Networks
- Hewlett Packard (HP)
- IBM
- InfiniCon Systems
- Intel
- Motorola Computer Group
- OmniCluster
- RLX Technologies
- Solectron / Force Computers
- Sun Microsystems
- TeraForce
- Tatung Science and Technology Inc.
- Themis Computer

This report consists of over 290 pages and includes over 105 tables and figures.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

BLADE SERVER EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ES-1

Blade Computing Market Driving Forces ES-1

Blade Market Shares ES-5

Blade Market Forecasts ES-7

1. BLADE SERVER MARKET DESCRIPTION 1-1

1.1 Blade Server Definition 1-1

1.1.1 Blade Servers 101: Maximizing Operational Efficiencies 1-2

1.1.2 Server Blades: An Emerging Architecture 1-3

1.2 Blades Bring Shift In Server Design 1-3

1.3 Blade Economics 1-5

1.3.1 Deployment And Service 1-5

1.3.2 Cable Consolidation By Blade Chassis 1-6

1.3.3 Optimized Use Of Space In Data Centers 1-6

1.3.4 Density Of Traditional Servers Versus Blades 1-7

1.3.5 Reduced Power Consumption 1-7

1.4 Blade Server Challenges 1-8

1.5 Robust Management Tools 1-9

1.6 (cPCI) Hardware Standards 1-9

1.7 Blade Network-Server Environments 1-10

1.7.1 Low-Power Blade Systems 1-11

1.7.2 Expanding The Performance And Function From Within 1-12

1.8 Modular Integration Platform 1-14

1.8.1 Modular Scalability And Performance Density 1-15

1.9 Complexity of IT environment 1-19

1.10 Communications Service Providers As Target Market 1-19

1.11 Clustered Systems 1-20

1.12 Global Technology Complexity 1-22

1.13 On Demand Computing 1-26

1.13.1 Rack-Mounting Blade Servers 1-28

1.13.2 Blades At The Edge of the Network 1-30

1.14 Software on the Edge of the Blades 1-31

1.15 Impact of Downturn In The Economy 1-32

2. BLADE SERVER MARKET FORECASTS 2-1

2.1 Blade Computing Market Driving Forces 2-1

2.1.1 Next Generation Of Computing Technology 2-4

2.1.2 Benefits Of Blade Servers 2-4

2.1.3 Constraints Of Blade Servers 2-6

2.2 Blade Support for IT Infrastructure 2-7

2.3 Blade Market Shares 2-10

2.3.1 Hewlett Packard 2-13

2.3.2 IBM 2-14

2.3.3 Dell 2-15

2.3.4 Sun Microsystems 2-15

2.3.5 EMC 2-15

2.3.6 RLX Technologies 2-15

2.3.7 OmniCluster 2-16

2.3.8 Worldwide Blade Server Market Shares In Units 2-16

2.4 Blade Market Forecasts 2-18

2.4.1 Worldwide Blade Server Unit Forecast Analysis 2-24

2.5 Blade Server Market - Units 2-30

2.6 Server Market Shares 2-31

2.6.1 Unix Server Market Shares 2-34

2.6.2 SIAS Server Market Shares 2-35

2.6.3 High End Unix Server Market Shares 2-37

2.6.4 High End Linux Cluster Server Market Shares 2-39

2.6.5 Worldwide and Regional Server Unit Market Shares 2-41

2.6.6 Worldwide and Regional Server Market Shares Dollars 2-47

2.7 Server Market Forecasts 2-53

2.7.1 High End Unix Server Market Forecasts 2-57

2.7.2 Mid Range Server Market Forecasts 2-60

2.7.3 SIAS Standard Intel Architecture Server Market Forecasts 2-62

2.8 Server Shipments by Region 2-65

2.9 Blade Pricing 2-67

2.9.1 IBM Blade Pricing 2-69

2.9.2 HP Blade Servers 2-69

2.10 Blade Strategic Positioning 2-70

2.10.1 IBM Strategic Positioning 2-71

2.10.2 Intel Architecture 2-74

2.10.3 Hewlett-Packard Strategic Positioning 2-74

2.11 Blade Vertical Market Forecasts 2-78

3. BLADE SERVER PRODUCT DESCRIPTION 3-1

3.1 Blade Server Features 3-1

3.1.1 Blade Server Benefits 3-2

3.1.2 Blade Market Positioning 3-3

3.2 IBM Blade Servers 3-3

3.2.1 IBM and Intel 3-10

3.2.2 IBM Blade Server For Enterprise Workloads 3-12

3.2.3 IBM BladeCenter 3-14

3.2.4 IBM BladeCenter / AOL Time Warner 3-15

3.2.5 IBM Blades / Microsoft Exchange Platform 3-17

3.2.6 IBM Blade Applications 3-18

3.2.7 IBM Blade Operating System Support 3-18

3.2.8 IBM Blade Market Directions 3-18

3.2.9 IBM Blade Server Modular Approach 3-23

3.2.10 IBM Director 3-24

3.2.11 IBM xSeries 335, 305, and 205 Blades 3-25

3.3 Hewlett Packard 3-30

3.3.1 HP Blade Servers 3-32

3.3.2 Next Generation Network Solutions 3-33

3.3.3 HP Ecosystem Of Partners 3-37

3.3.4 HP Server bc1100 3-38

3.3.5 HP ProLiant BL20p 3-41

3.3.6 HP Blade Standard Telecom Platforms 3-42

3.3.7 HP / Compaq ProLiant p-CLASS 3-43

3.3.8 HP / Compaq ProLiant Blade 3-44

3.4 Sun 3-46

3.4.1 Sun Blade 2000 Workstation 3-48

3.5 Dell 3-50

3.5.1 Dell Computer Dual-Processor Blade Servers 3-51

3.5.2 Blade Less Space and Power 3-51

3.6 RLX Technologies 3-52

3.6.1 RLX Fourth-Generation Server Blade, Control Tower 3-52

3.6.2 RLX Control Tower System Management 3-53

3.6.3 RLX Cluster Computing Solutions 3-55

3.7 OmniCluster 3-59

3.7.1 Omnicluster / Check Point Partnership 3-59

3.7.2 OmniCluster Appliance Products 3-59

3.8 Egenera 3-63

3.8.1 Egenera Two-way Processing Blade 3-63

3.9 Tatung Science and Technology 3-64

3.9.1 Tatung Integration of Amphus ManageSite 3-67

3.10 Force Computers / Solectron 3-68

3.11 Motorola Computer Group 3-69

3.11.1 Motorola's 5385 CompactPCI Controller Blade 3-73

3.11.2 MCIP805 CompactPCI Application And Control Processor Board 3-73

3.12 Amphus 3-74

3.13 Newisys 3-79

3.14 Gateway 3-81

3.15 Fujitsu, AAEON, Advantech, and Kontron 3-82

4. BLADE SERVER TECHNOLOGY 4-1

4.1 Modular Component-Style Architecture For Servers 4-1

4.2 InfiniBand 4-1

4.2.1 InfiniBand (IB) Fabric Topology 4-3

4.3 Intel Ultra-Low Voltage Processors 4-5

4.4 Blade Interconnect Technology 4-7

4.5 Open Specification For Blade Servers 4-12

4.6 Open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) 4-12

4.7 Intel 4-13

4.8 Linux 4-14

4.8.1 Linux on the Mainframe 4-14

4.8.2 Robust Unix and Windows -Based Systems 4-15

4.8.3 Mainframe Economics 4-15

4.8.4 Linux Capabilities 4-16

4.9 WebServices 4-16

4.10 Autonomic Computing Attributes 4-18

4.10.1 Autonomic Computing Architecture Framework 4-19

4.10.2 IBM Grid Computing 4-26

4.11 Graphics 4-27

4.12 Packet Computing Resource Board (PCRB) 4-28

4.13 Packet Processor Resource Board (PPRB) 4-28

4.13.1 Packet Voice Resource Board 4-29

4.14 Evolution of Appliances 4-30

5. BLADE SERVER COMPANY PROFILES 5-1

5.1 Blade Server Market Participants 5-1

5.2 2C Computing 5-1

5.3 Accton Technology 5-1

5.4 Agilent Technologies 5-2

5.5 AMD 5-3

5.6 Amphus 5-3

5.6.1 Amphus Virgo Platform 5-3

5.7 Brocade 5-4

5.8 Dell 5-5

5.8.1 Dell Revenue 5-5

5.8.2 Dell Regional Market Participation 5-6

5.8.3 Dell Blade Servers 5-7

5.8.4 Dell Blade Server Positioning 5-7

5.8.5 Blades Reduce Complexity In The Network 5-9

5.8.6 Server Management Through Remote Capabilities 5-9

5.8.7 Gigabit Ethernet As A Backplane Technology 5-10

5.9 Diversified Technology 5-11

5.10 Ensim 5-11

5.11 F5 Networks 5-12

5.12 Hewlett Packard (HP) 5-12

5.12.1 Hewlett Packard Positioning 5-13

5.12.2 Blade Server Positioning 5-13

5.12.3 HP Blade Server Partner Program 5-14

5.12.4 Hewlett Packard / Compaq 5-15

5.13 IBM 5-19

5.13.1 IBM Autonomic Computing Product Deployment Elements 5-24

5.14 InfiniCon Systems 5-26

5.15 Intel 5-28

5.16 Motorola Computer Group 5-28

5.17 OmniCluster 5-29

5.17.1 OmniCluster Technologies / Products 5-30

5.17.2 OmniCluster Technologies / Check Point’ Appliance SlotShield Firewall/VPN 3000 5-31

5.18 RLX Technologies 5-32

5.19 Solectron / Force Computers 5-33

5.20 Sun Microsystems 5-34

5.20.1 Sun Enterpris e Systems Products 5-36

5.20.2 Sun Products 5-37

5.20.3 Sun Enterprise Systems Products 5-37

5.20.4 Sun Mid-Range Servers 5-38

5.20.5 Sun Workstations and Information Appliances 5-39

5.20.6 Sun Organizational Structure 5-39

5.20.7 Sun Business Strategy 5-40

5.21 TeraForce 5-42

5.21.1 TeraForce Technology 5-43

5.21.2 TeraForce Technology 5-43

5.22 Tatung Science and Technology Inc. 5-44

5.23 Themis Computer 5-44
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