More Server Options Let SMBs Be Choosy
Review: When evaluating servers, smaller sites must weigh their data protection needs carefully.Today, the SMB server market is one of the fastest-growing and most competitive market segments for hardware vendors. In fact, small and midsize businesses in North America are expected to spend $276 billion this year on IT, according to a recent survey by market research company eMarketer Inc., of New York. Larger enterprises are concerned with issues such as power consumption and server footprints and often arent willing to sacrifice performance to get a lower-priced solution. SMBs, on the other hand, are far more likely to put price concerns ahead of everything else. And while heavy hitters such as Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. offer a vast array of options for SMBs, an increasing number of new competitorssuch as Alienware Corp.are entering the server fray.
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