Blade Server Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2005 to 2010

Report # SH29821374 | 236 Pages | 77 Tables and Figures | 2005

Blade Server Market Assessment

Check Out These Key Topics!
Blade Server Market shares and Forecasts
Blade Computing Market Driving Forces
Next Generation Of IT Infrastructure
Real-Time IT Infrastructure
IT Department Focus
Blade Pricing
Blade Interconnect Technology
Control Over The IT Department
Open Specification For Blade Servers
Modular Component-Style Architecture For Servers
Cluster File Systems
Autonomic Computing Attributes
Packet Processor Resource Board (PPRB)

Blade Server
Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2005 to 2010

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 of 200 cables coming out of a 2-meter rack can be replaced with 3 to 6 cables saving as much as one half of the system cost. Replacing cables is significant for services as it is very easy to disconnect the wrong cable bringing down an entire system.

IBM is the market leader with 44% market share and Hewlett Packard has 25% share. This is reversed from two years ago when Hewlett Packard was worldwide blade server market shares with 56% in 2002 in a $158 million market. IBM was 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.

IBM eServer BladeCenter family has already seen the fastest sales growth in IBM server history. Unlike other servers, BladeCenter systems collapse the complexity of corporate datacenters by integrating servers, networks, storage and applications in one system. Blades run web sites and email systems, and also attack the most demanding computing tasks such as digital animation, genomic calculations and financial trading.

Companies Profiled
Hewlett Packard (HP)
RLX Technologies
Sun Microsystems
Tatung Science & Technology
Hitachi Ltd

Report Methodology

This is the Two-hundred thirty third report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, and telephone equipment. The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report. They have significant experience preparing industry studies. Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary data bases. Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments. Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the segment. Market share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share. Over 200 in-depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.

About the Company

WinterGreen Research, founded in 1985, provides strategic market assessments in telecommunications, communications equipment, health care, and advanced computer technology. Industry reports focus on opportunities that will expand existing markets or develop major new markets. The reports assess new product and service positioning strategies, new and evolving technologies, and technological impact on products, services, and markets. Market shares are provided. Leading market participants are profiled, and their marketing strategies, acquisitions, and strategic alliances are discussed. The principals of WinterGreen Research have been involved in analysis and forecasting of international business opportunities in telecommunications and advanced computer technology markets for over 30 years.

About the Principal Authors

Ellen T. Curtiss, Technical Director, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, conducts strategic and market assessments in technology-based industries. Previously she was a member of the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc., for 23 years, most recently as Vice President of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, specializing in strategic planning and market development services. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She is the author of recent studies on worldwide telecommunications markets and the Top Ten Telecommunications market analysis and forecasts.

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications. She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing. She is the author of recent studies of the Regional Bell Operating Companies' marketing strategies, Internet equipment, a study of Internet Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, and Application Integration markets. Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.

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