ZDNet's latest chart of the week shows news items about Sun and IBM servers are far and away the hottest in that category.
Through BT Trax, we continuously monitor how our IT content is consumed, and for fun, we slice and dice the data numerous ways to be sure we've looked at all sides of the coin, so to speak. This week, we focused on server content to see which vendors have received most of the attention on our news sites over the last 6 months. We found that Sun and IBM typically claim the majority of all server-related news consumption month-to-month.
So just what news captures all this attention? We examined all the server news for each major vendor by month and here is what we learned:
Sun--when it comes to Sun, IT decision-makers and influencers want to know what's happening with Solaris, especially whether Sun is going to make Solaris open source(they did). Innovative pricing models (and price cuts) also rank high on the interest barometer.
IBM--When IBM announces new product strategies or partnerships, our IT professionals want to know all about it. The top news for IBM in recent months was the announcement of a new top-end UNIX serverand a partnership with Unisys to 'rejuvenate' mainframes.
Dell--Dell's move to slash prices on their corporate productsbrought them 15% news interest in December. The swipe they took at their competitors when they derided 'big iron' garnered some added attention, too.
HP--while HP hasn't raised the roof in server news activity in recent months, those who care about server products and developments still take notice of what HP is saying and doing. Sadly, the breaking news for HP in the review period was the announcement that they were abandoning their Utility Data Center utility computing project, and laying off some employees.