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Dell threatened by large Oracle servers

While UNISYS, Sun and HP offer super servers with 16 and 32 CPU's, Dell fights back, claiming that small server blades with Oracle 10g Grid are a better solution:

"The notion of big iron becomes less and less interesting in our opinion," as standard processors, networking and storage technology grow steadily more powerful, Jeff Clarke, senior vice president of products for Dell.

Although server blades may be a better solution, Dell has been met with some skepticism.  Illuminata analyst,  Gordon Haff had this to say regarding server blade technology:

"They can potentially handle most workloads today, except for big databases and big enterprise applications."

 "One issue is management and complexity: It's easier on one big server than many small ones."

Dell is also trying to find ways of making server blade technology more user-friendly which would help increase marketability:

To make cluster technology simpler to use, Dell is working with Oracle, chipmaker Intel and storage specialist EMC on a project called MegaGrid. The effort, announced Tuesday, focuses on 128 dual-processor Dell servers running Oracle 10g and other applications

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