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Egenera CEO Sticks Up for Startups

The new CEO of startup Egenera Inc. says companies like his are in a better position to sell products for consolidating data-center equipment than are larger vendors with a stake in those data centers.

In an interview with Byte and Switch today, Robert M. Dutkowsky, who joined Egenera earlier this month from software maker J.D. Edwards, now part of PeopleSoft Inc. (Nasdaq: PSFT), said it doesn't make sense for companies that sell Unix boxes to go back and try to sell blade-server consolidation and virtualization for those boxes.

Egenera makes a blade server with its own virtualization software and optional virtualization OEM'd from VMware, now part of EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC). The goal of its BladeFrame system is to replace multiple Unix servers with a set of diskless processing blades linked by a proprietary high-speed connection and equipped with Linux-based software.

The blades create a pool of virtualized processing for applications, which Egenera says is cheaper to maintain and manage than bunches of Unix servers. The BladeFrame system can be connected via Fibre Channel or 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet to SAN or NAS systems (see Egenera Slices Into NAS and Grid Networking).

"This is classic disruptive technology. It changes the game. It changes the way the customer thinks about how they're going to run the infrastructure. You can't have disruptive technology and an installed base at the same time," he says. "The cognitive dissonance is too great."

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