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Web-Scale IT Gem: Slash the Number of Unique Server Types

Published: 09 September 2013

ID: G00238097

Analyst(s): Carl Claunch


Web-scale IT operators may have the scale to justify customized, special-purpose hardware, yet surprisingly they tightly limit themselves to a handful of hardware types in total. Enterprise IT leaders should adopt this insight when buying servers and appliances.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Slash the Number of Unique Server Types to a Handful
  • Heavily Weight Increases in Server Varieties as a Negative Factor in Server Selection Analyses
  • Group Servers Purchases to Increase Leverage With Suppliers
  • Minimize Use of Differentiating Features to Increase the Pool of Alternative Products During Procurements
  • Add Open Compute Project Server Designs and Associated Vendors to the Shortlist Where Appropriate

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