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HP leads in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Modular Servers (May 2016)

Modular Servers Overview

Gartner defines the modular server market as a class of server where the compute capabilities are delivered in a modular style and housed in a common, often proprietary, chassis. Storage and network components may also be housed within the same chassis housing. There is a broad range of modular servers that vary in configuration options, based on CPU type (reduced instruction set computer [RISC], x86 and system-on-chip [SoC]), memory and storage attachment, and switching technologies. Server design focuses on density of components and richness of infrastructure management software platforms. Modular servers have evolved from many years of blade, multinode and custom-made high-performance computing (HPC), supercomputing, and IT service provider designs. The term describes a style of server design that focuses on the ability to improve server management visibility, CPU architecture flexibility, server density and operational efficiency. Modular servers will be increasingly positioned to address many emerging web-scale IT and Mode 2 workload requirements.