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But solution providers say both IBM, Armonk, N.Y., and HP, Palo Alto, Calif., have opened up a new battlefront in the blade market by introducing new systems specifically designed for midmarket customers.
HP's new BladeSystem c3000 blade chassis runs all current c-Class server blades and can fit up to eight blades. IBM's BladeCenter S runs on 110-volt power and has room for six blade servers. Both are smaller-capacity systems that plug directly into a wall socket and are targeted at smaller businesses.
-- Craig Zarley
* Ranking based on 1st half 2007 share of sales dollar volume. Highlighted vendor gained greatest share from 1st half 2006 to 1st half 2007
Source: The NPD Group/Distribution Track (Incudes GTDC Data), www.npd.com/lps/distributortrack
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