Gartner Research

x86 Blade Platform Selection Criteria

Published: 26 February 2013

ID: G00246591

Analyst(s): Nik Simpson

Summary

Blade servers from Cisco, HP and IBM are frequently used for infrastructure and private cloud projects that impact the infrastructure for many years. IT organizations must understand the capabilities of the blade platform before committing to what will be a multiyear relationship.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Comparison

Analysis

  • Criteria and Rating Scheme
  • What's New
  • Blade Chassis Criteria
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • Blade Criteria
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • I/O Connectivity and Expansion Criteria
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • Cloud and Virtual Infrastructure Criteria
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • Management Criteria
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • Maintenance and Support Criteria
    • Required
    • Preferred
  • Modifying the Spreadsheet
    • Adding a New Criterion
    • Deleting a Criterion
    • Modifying a Criterion

Conclusion

Recommended Reading

Notes

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