Hewlett-Packard and IBM are duking it out to become the favored hardware vendor among technology executives, according to a Merrill Lynch survey of 100 CIOs.
Among Merrill's findings:
Question: Which vendor will be increasing share of your Unix server spending in 2007?
Answer: 37 percent of CIOs expected IBM to gain share with 32 percent picking HP. Sun came in a distant third with 10 percent.
Question: Which vendor will be increasing share of your Windows server spending in 2007?
Answer: 47 percent of CIOs said they expect HP to get more of their budgets; 26 percent said Dell would and 24 percent picked IBM.
Question: Which vendor will be increasing share of your Linux server spending in 2007?
Answer: 31 percent of CIOs said IBM would gain share; with 19 percent picking HP; Dell got 12 percent and Sun garnered 6 percent.
Question: Which vendor will be increasing share of your x86 (AMD/Intel) server spending in 2007?
Answer: 35 percent picked Dell; 28 percent picked HP; and 26 percent IBM.
Question: If you intend to purchase blade servers in the coming year, what is your preferred vendor?
Answer: 39 percent said HP; 28 percent picked IBM and 17 percent picked Dell.
Question: Which server vendor has most effectively addressed your data center cooling needs?
Answer: HP was cited 21 times with IBM being cited 19 percent. "None" was cited more than Dell, Sun and Rackable. Given that cooling is a two-horse race it's not surprising that IBM contacted Dan Farber after his HP post on data center cooling.