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Blade Servers Overview

What are Blade Servers?

A blade server is a data center server module designed to fit a blade enclosure or chassis which performs ancillary functions. These include power supply and management, cooling, and some networking. The blades are designed to increase a data center’s overall power and cooling efficiency, and take up less physical space than alternatives.

Blade servers are scalable, and often hot-swappable. Blade systems include servers and chassis and are designed to support a wide variety of business objectives. These may include virtualization, web hosting, file storage and sharing, and other needs.

Blade Server Benefits & Capabilities

Blade server modules and blade server systems provide the following advantages:

  • Lean form factor & high space saving

  • Less need for cables

  • Less need for switches and network interface cards or adapters

  • Lower cost of power, cooling

  • Module hot swapping

  • Highly scalable architecture

  • Specialized modules (compute, storage, network)

  • Diskless or virtualization modules

  • Configurable via software management interface

  • Buy all needed components from a single vendor

  • White box servers may be available (low cost)

Pricing Information

Blade server modules and chassis are available on perpetual licenses. However, support is likely available on subscription (e.g. 3-year, or 5-year). Blade systems including modules and chassis may all be purchasable from a single vendor. Purchases are scalable with acquisition of additional blades. These modules may specialize in compute, storage, or networking as needed. White box servers may also be available, as a lower cost option. However, blade servers do come with a great risk of vendor lock-in. Modules are often designed to function with chassis from the same vendor. Switching vendors can be an expensive proposition requiring data center overhaul.

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Dell's M-Series PowerEdge blade servers boast enterprise performance with scalability via features meant to accommodate current needs and future growth needs, such as multiple available form factors, modular I/O switches, and configuration via centralized chassis management controllers