Yet Another Win for HP Blades, but Why?
I heard a rumour on Friday that HP has been chosen by another animated movie studio to provide the blade servers to render an upcoming movie. To recount the movies that have used / are using HP blades:
So, as I look at the vast number of movies that have chosen HP for their blade server technology, I have to wonder WHY? HP does have some advantages in the blade marketplace, like having market share, but when you review HP with Dell, you would be surprised as to how similar the offerings are:
When you compare the two offerings, HP wins in a few categories, like the ability to have up to 32 CPUs in a single blade chassis – a valuable feature for rendering accomplished with the HP BL2x220c blade servers. However, Dell also shines in areas, too. Look at their ability to run 512GB of memory on a 2 CPU server using FlexMem Bridge technology. From a pure technology comparison (taking out the management and I/O of the equation), I see Dell offering very similar product offerings as HP and I have to wonder why Dell has not been able to get any movie companies to use Dell blades. Perhaps it’s not a focus of Dell marketing. Perhaps it is because HP has a history of movie processing on HP workstations. Perhaps movie companies need 32 CPUs in a chassis. I don’t know. I welcome any comments from Dell or HP, but I’d also like to know, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below.