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Digitimes Research: White-box server users focus on rack, micro models pre-installed with Linux
Danny Kuo, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

As users of white-box servers (produced by ODMs and sold directly to clients) mostly need a large number of small-size, low-power and inexpensive models pre-installed with Linux and customized to some extent, white-box servers are mostly rack or micro types instead of towers or blades.

The users usually have in-house technical teams to handle their servers' maintenance and find server brand vendors' designs limiting their operations; therefore, they have turned to supplies directly from ODMs.

Although blade-type servers have advantages over the small form factor, the users' demand for blade servers is still limited because many blade servers' rack designs are not compatible with others. To avoid incompatibility, many users have chosen micro or large-size rack type servers, Digitimes Research's findings showed.

Choosing Linux for operating system also helps to reduce overall costs.

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