By Forrester Research
Special to CNET News.com
December 4, 2003, 12:30PM PT
By Galen Schreck, Analyst
The server industry is in a blade frenzy, and vendors have been quick to connect blades with the utility computing hype. But will blades really pay off for customers who don't need high-density racks of servers? Yes--eventually.
The rise of modular systems and pay-as-you-grow pricing has focused server vendors on building the ultimate box for utility computing. But many buyers wonder if the modular computing hype is just a temporary reaction to a tight spending environment. They ask:
Are blade servers the future of computing or just another fad?
Are blade servers right for all types of application loads?
Don't blades cost more than "regular" servers?
Do blade servers really simplify data center operations?
When are rackable "pizza box" servers a better buy?
Aren't today's blade servers highly proprietary?
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