The Rising Competition in Server Vendors
There was a time when server hardware was rather limited. There were Windows Server operating systems than ran on Dell or HP servers. Today is a new day. Gone are the days when people put all of their trust into the server technology that is linked to one or two vendors. There are a plethora of different options designed to keep a lot of different systems administrators happy. Vendors like Linux, Apache, Oracle and Red Hat are all coming forth with slick server ideas. This forces system administrators to really analyze the equipment that they have. They have to consider the specs and make decisions.
Dell and HP are still around, but there are other vendors that coming in to steal a piece of the action. For years Lenovo has been the computer that has reigned in many IT healthcare organizations like Cerner, but not Lenovo has more than laptops and desktops to offer clients. There are hospitals that are replacing some servers with the new Lenovo servers. The Think Servers that are produced by Lenovo provide are designed to handle a plethora of things. Some of these towers support virtual environments. Others are designed for database applications and system backups.
Oracle, for many years, was just a database company. It did not grow into the powerhouse that it is today, however, just from the sale of database applications. To the contrary, the company expanded in a plethora of different directions and the expansion into server hardware was a profitable one. These Sun Servers produced by Oracle are marketed as high performance servers. This is necessary for the large company that has a lot of applications and data that is stored on servers. Companies that have major growth will also have a need for these types of servers.
Even Apple is trying to emerge onto the leveled playing field for server hardware. What Apple has done is capitalize on the masses of organizations and schools that utilize iPads, iPhones and Mac computers. The Apple server has made it much easier to monitor and maintain these devices on a network. That is why a lot of system administrators are willing to implement these more expensive servers into their network environment. It is a lot easier to manage network environments for Apple products with a back end Apple server than it would be with anything else. Buying a server with a Microsoft OS for Apple products is just a lot more of a hassle. Administrators know this, and that is why the active directory integration for Apple users is often done through an Apple server.
All of these different types of servers has really boosted the amount of competition that server vendors face. It can even be difficult for system administrators to make a choice because there are so many options on the market today. Many administrators will remain loyal unless they find performance issues with the servers that they have. There are some administrators that will take the bold leap and also implement virtual servers into the WAN and LAN environments. This is mind blowing concept that totally transforms the way that servers are managed. With a virtual environments the systems administrator may have about 3 bare metal servers. Inside of these physical servers there may be multiple virtual servers on each host. That gives the systems administrator the chance to build an environment with multiple virtual servers that can be switched to another host for upgrades and system failures. It may be one of the most convenient methods to truly building a network environment that is not as clustered as one that has multiple physical pieces of hardware.
The Dell Power Edge Servers have been around for a long time, but there certainly is a lot of competition for this powerhouse. What has continued to make the brand stable is all the server equipment that is available for the small businesses. Dell has a great plan for the small business that is growing. The new servers come in T110, T320 and T430 types. This is ideal for the businesses that are at different stages. The T110 is marketed as the server for the small business that is just getting the first server. The 320 and T430 are servers that are designed for businesses that may have a need for speed and faster processor for growth periods. That is one of the main reasons that Dell has been able to capture a big section of the market. This company has a lot of customers in small business leaders that can depend on this level of reliability.
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More administrators are also considering what Linux has to offer. It becomes much easier to run a Linux server and save with free Linux-based operating systems. That is another thing that has made this new hardware so incredibly popular.