Breaking Down the Benefits of Blade Servers

Anticipated benefits Dozens of server blades can fit in the space of a single traditional server, resulting in space and power savings. Blades promise enhanced reliability through simple hot-swapping as well as simplified server management through unified interfaces.

Hurdles Still a new and relatively unproven technology. Proprietary offerings can lock customers into a long-term vendor commitment. Current iteration doesn’t link well into SANs.

Primary markets Enterprises with server-intensive IT needs, such as ISPs, online merchants and media streamers.

Estimated cost $1,800 to $8,000 per blade plus a rack.

Players

Dell Computer PowerEdge, www.dell.com

Hewlett-Packard ProLiant BL, www.hp.com

IBM eServer BladeCenter, www.ibm.com

RLX Technologies ServerBlades, www.rlx.com

Sun Microsystems Sun Fire Blades, www.sun.com

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