Data center consolidation and virtualization is happening apace. The industry is just moving in that direction. Although asome CIOs might stil be reluctant to go with one vendor for everything, the cost savings and performance benefits will convince them over time, as this article from TechWorld Australia attests.
Tom Bradicich thinks so. The IBM fellow and vice president for architecture and technology for IBM's x86 servers says the interchangeability, or "fungibility," of the x86 platform is what made it so popular.
He says enterprises will be willing to trade some fungibility for a more efficient system -- albeit one in which the x86 system morphs to include some proprietary technologies and the customer buys the integrated package from IBM.
Though he acknowledges it will be "less fungible," he believes "that will be tolerable because complex workloads make that trade-off worthwhile. There will be a higher tolerance for some parts of the system to be more fixed than fungible."
IBM System X Blades are an integral part of these solutions. And we have great things coming!