"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
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
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