Counting on a Linux push
Linux may be the catalyst that boosts sales of blade servers in India. As vendors such as IBM, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Dell grapple with new strategies to sell the sleek and expensive blade servers, the Linux operating system (OS) is the trump card they play to win over cost-conscious Indian IT buyers.
Preference for Linux is growing, especially in high-performance computing, digital content creation, animation and video segments, saysellers of blade servers. The trend is a gradual shift towards Linux.
Dell, the new entrant, also agrees that the Linux OS is helping sales.
"A significant chunk of blade servers we sell is Linux-based," says Rajan Anandan, Vice-President and General Manager, Dell India.