Gartner Research

Adding Value to 'Industry Standard Servers'

Published: 23 September 2009

ID: G00171136

Analyst(s): John Enck, Andrew Butler


The most ironic tagline used in the x86 server market is "industry standard server." This research discusses the issue of what "industry standard" exactly means in the server context, and how such products can, in fact, be differentiated.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Is There Such a Thing as "Industry Standard" Servers?
  • The Line in the Sand
  • The Relationship Between Industry Standard and Commodity
  • Time Levels the Field
  • Beyond the Platform
    • Management
    • Virtual I/O
    • Packaging
    • Factory Integration
    • Support Services
    • Professional Services
  • Why Should You Care?

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