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Buying Into Blades

Over 80 percent of 116 Byte and Switch readers report interest in blade servers and would especially like to see Fibre Channel switches in blade form.

Forty-two percent of respondents to our latest poll say they are using blade servers, 21 percent plan to, and 17 percent are evaluating them now.

Forty-seven percent of those polled say a combination of factors is driving their interest, including the space savings promised by blade servers, which replace standalone boxes with modules in a chassis.

When asked what kind of storage equipment they'd most like to see in blade form, 30 percent report Fibre Channel switches and arrays, even though 54 percent think Gigabit Ethernet will be the network most likely to support blade servers.

None of this is surprising. Adaptations of blade architectures stand to change the shape of enterprise and telecom computing. Blades are said to be key to grid networks of the future (see On the Edge of a Blade). And though storage spending appears to be hesitant, blade servers are shaping up as a robust market (see Survey: Storage Spending Will Slow and IDC: Blades Blast Off).

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