Blade server purchasing

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As Anne Skamarock warns in her latest book, "A fully populated blade system may require more cooling and power than a fully loaded rack system." Have you recently investigated investing in a new blade system? Were you surprised by the price comparisons with rack systems? Did this influence your final decision?

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We have evaluated blades recently.
For the mix of performance loads that we were seeking; it turned out better for us to buy beefy rack servers and run vmware on those, than buy a bunch of blades.
Deploying vmware on blades was also explored, and turned out to be too expensive to get the throughput we were looking for.

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