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Geez, Dell Loses to Sun on x86 Perceptions

IBM and HP look pretty much like Tweedledum and Tweedledee to your average x86 enterprise customer

IBM and HP look pretty much like Tweedledum and Tweedledee to your average x86 enterprise customer, who, despite that fact, still has a tendency to favor the color Blue, except that HP gets singular points for following through on its roadmap and delivering products on time and is thought to be the best at increasing customer efficiency and reducing their costs, the latter, perhaps, because of the quality of its reseller operation.

So says the latest x86 Vendor Preference Survey by the boutique Gabriel Consulting Group.

Naturally IBM and HP both wonder why they didn't win in every category. Sun can thank its lucky stars it came in third though it doubtless thinks it should have been homecoming queen and Dell, well, Dell is off hiding in a corner somewhere in a funk after coming in a lowly fourth. I mean it was beaten badly by Sun, for Pete's sake, an x86 newbie with a limited product line.

The study results - generated by the IT managers, architects and administrators in 297 companies asked to rate and rank the major x86 vendors on a variety of technical and support criteria - are the first drop in a widening circle that over the next few weeks will cover how customers look at x86 virtualization, the power/cooling/floor space problem, Intel versus AMD and vendor pricing practices.

IBM is favored for its server technology; HP for its product quality and customer support. Power and floor space matter; 63% of the survey group are testing or already using virtualization; half think virtualization will become prevalent in their shops; and more than half think they'll be buying fewer machines, though the ones they do buy will be bigger.

Dan Olds, Gabriel's principal, says he's impressed with how many customers have Sun gear in their data centers and is even more surprised by how consistently Sun scores ahead of Dell on almost every criterion. The bad publicity that surrounded Dell during the second quarter, when the survey was taken, might have had something to do with it, he suggests.

One serious upset is Sun walking off with the laurels for Linux capabilities over either IBM or HP. It scored 107 to IBM's 94, HP's 83 and Dell's 52. HP far and away dominated in Windows capabilities, scoring 125 to IBM and Dell's scores in the 70s and Sun's score of 57.

Olds says it may bear watching if perceptions about innovation and R&D prowess, now an HP/IBM monopoly, change any with Sun's introduction of its first four-socket quad-core x86 server.

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Virtualization News Desk 10/08/07 12:42:29 PM EDT

IBM and HP look pretty much like Tweedledum and Tweedledee to your average x86 enterprise customer, who, despite that fact, still has a tendency to favor the color Blue, except that HP gets singular points for following through on its roadmap and delivering products on time and is thought to be the best at increasing customer efficiency and reducing their costs, the latter, perhaps, because of the quality of its reseller operation. So says the latest x86 Vendor Preference Survey by the boutique Gabriel Consulting Group.