Blade Servers: Does Smaller Mean Better? 2

By Baselinemag  |  Posted 2012-05-08 Email Print this article Print

They sound great on paper: smaller, faster, cheaper. But do blade servers–systems of thin circuit boards with processors and memory and enclosures with shared network and power connections–live up to their billing? Many users say the smaller, sleeker servers do save money, space and time. But some warn that blades can trigger higher cooling costs in data centers.

Lead Story: Too Hot To Handle?
Read about the issues technology managers need to prepare for when evaluating and deploying blade servers.

Company Profiles

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  • Hewlett Packard: Cost Cutter
  • IBM: Up and Running

    Voice of Experience: Polaris Industries' Nathan Myrold
    The increased density of blade servers meant Myrold and his team had to step up their electrical capacity.

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