Blade servers are poised to grab a 25 per cent unit market share in the European server market by 2009, IDC predicted in a newly released study.
Organisations are set to buy 565,000 of the devices by 2009, spending $1.74bn, according to the research firm.
Daniel Fleischer, a senior research analyst for European enterprise server solutions at IDC, suggested that the agility of the dense servers will drive future sales.
"Blades today are still seen by many as little more than an alternative, albeit denser, form factor," he said.
"But IDC believes that the increased adoption of blades in the enterprise
will help facilitate a fundamental shift in enterprise computing towards dynamic
A datacentre that standardises on blades, deployed in combination with virtualisation technologies, can adopt more quickly to changes in the business, according to IDC.
"This is where the characteristics of blades will come to the fore as the enabler," said Fleischer.
With users in manufacturing and retail warming up to blade servers, IDC noted that the hardware category last year reached an inflection point.
The systems were originally sold primarily for applications in the financial industry and high performance computing.
The high density of blade servers, however, is a challenge for IT organisations. The cooling and power systems for datacentres were not originally designed with blade servers in mind, and IDC warned that manufacturers of the devices have to keep paying attention this issue.
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