Enterprise Linux Log

Mar 12 2007   10:28AM GMT

HP, Linux, and the blade market

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When IDC releases its quarterly Server Tracker report, the Hewlett-Packard headquarters in Palo Alto must throw a little party. Or at least have cake. A big penguin-shaped cake.

I say this because HP has owned the Linux server market for many, many years now, beating out IBM and Dell for the coveted spot rather handily, according to IDC’s server report. Now, they appear to have set their sights on the growing blade market with their BladeSystem line.

I recently spoke with Doug Small, the director of open source and Linux strategy at HP, about this blade server push, and the results of that conversation are now live at SearchEnterpriseLinux.com.

Now I could have sworn there were a few drawbacks to going with blades in the data center, but Small would have none of it. Those concerns over architecture lock-in and power consumption were just figments of my imagination, I suppose.

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