by CIO Staff

Breaking Down the Benefits of Blade Servers

Mar 15, 20031 min

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.


Dell Computer PowerEdge,

Hewlett-Packard ProLiant BL,

IBM eServer BladeCenter,

RLX Technologies ServerBlades,

Sun Microsystems Sun Fire Blades,