The musings of an IT Consultant

Feb 28 2010   6:58PM GMT

Blades, storage and VMware



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Tags:
blades
c-class blade system
C3000
enterprise
Hewlett Packard
HP
iSCSI
shorty
SMB
Storage
VMWare
vSphere

Hi folks, so one of the common questions I get is, should I go blades or rack servers? I love getting this question because it allows me to talk about some topics I’m really passionate about, blades, storage and VMware.

Now when I talk to enterprise customers, this answer is pretty cut and dry. Enterprise customers usually have a great need for rack density, the ability to fit a ton of servers in a small amount of space, along with stringent power and cooling requirements for their data center. In the enterprise world, blades are an easy sell in my opinion.

However in the SMB sector, blades enter a gray area. Most of the time, you can achieve what you need with two powerfully equipped rack mounted servers, vSphere 4, and some iSCSI storage. But if you have an SMB business with enterprise type needs, then blades might be for you. HP’s c-class blade system the C3000 or “shorty” as they like to call it addresses those needs. Join that with the enterprise version of vSphere and some high end iSCSI storage and you can have a pretty sweet network running in a very small amount of rack space.

-RP

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