I was having a conversation with some colleagues today about hardware. We all agreed that new server hardware is pretty much all 64bit now, but we questioned just what customers actually use in their environments. I know that I have many customers who “repurpose” older hardware for various things. For example, a retiring 32bit GW server might replace a less powerful BES, and the like. And while virtualization is becoming more widespread, it by no means seems to be the norm among my GroupWise clients at this point.
Do you purchase “new” hardware for single application type servers? Like an Astaro Security Gateway, a Linux open source anti-spam front-end, a Blackberry Enterprise Server, GroupWise WebAccess, a GroupWise Mobile Server, etc.? Or do you give these processes up to older hardware that still has good life in it?
It seems a given, that the larger the organization, the more likely that organization will be using virtualization (and donating their old hardware) but it’s unclear as to how many folks have actually gone “all 64bit” at this point!
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