Gartner Research

Egenera BladeFrame System

Published: 09 May 2005

ID: G00103356

Analyst(s): Jane Wright


Egenera led the industry when it introduced its BladeFrame. Since then, larger vendors have unveiled their own blade servers and added virtualization software. Does Egenera still have a competitive advantage?

Table Of Contents
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • Overview
    • Processing Blade ("pBlade")
    • Switch Blade ("sBlade")
    • Control Blade ("cBlade")
    • Storage Subsystems
  • Analysis
    • Target Markets
    • BladeFrame Architecture
    • Blade Server Management
  • Pricing
    • GSA Pricing
  • Competitors
  • Strengths
    • High Scalability and Good Density in a Blade Format
    • High Levels of Redundancy
    • Elastic Capacity
  • Limitations
    • Proprietary Implementation
    • High Throughput Latencies in Some Cases
    • Concerns About Investing in a Small Vendor's Solution
    • Recommended Gartner Research
  • Insight

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