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Blade servers for virtualization: Enterprise resource guide

Get quick access to the best blade server resources here. Find out if blades are the right choice for you, get clarification on old blade myths and more.

Barb Goldworm, Industry Analyst

 Discover the pros, cons and how-tos of choosing, using and optimizing blade servers for virtualization with this enterprise resource guide.

Barb Goldworm's articles, webcasts and podcasts debunk blade server myths, provide selection and implementation tips, show how blades and virtualization can actually help reduce costs, improve services and more.

Goldworm has more than thirty years of experience in the IT industry. She has held technical, marketing, industry analyst and senior management positions with IBM, Novell, StorageTek and Enterprise Management Associates, and has recently co-authored a book: Blades Servers and Virtualization: Transforming Enterprise Computing While Cutting Costs.

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Barb Goldworm is president of Focus Consulting, a research, analyst and consulting firm focused on systems and storage. Goldworm has authored numerous business and technical white papers and articles and has just finished a book, Blades Servers and Virtualization: Transforming Enterprise Computing While Cutting Costs.  Barb can be reached at

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