The server marketplace has undergone dramatic change in the past decade. Impressive technical advances, dramatic improvements in price/performance and increasingly imaginative ways to package servers have made them the heart of compute infrastructure, often replacing—or at least supplementing—legacy mainframes. Reconsidering your technology alternatives is a good idea under any circumstances, if for no other reason than to fully evaluate your options and ensure that your current supplier remains your best choice going forward. But the IBM-Lenovo transition has been a catalyst for a deeper and more strategic evaluation of compute infrastructure choices. It’s important to look for and recognize the signs that now may be a good time to reconsider your server vendor, especially for high-volume x86 requirements. This paper reviews six signs that it may be time for you to make the switch.
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