Blade Servers

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What is exactly is a blade server and how does it work? What are the advantages and characteristics of blade servers. How much do they cost?

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Blade servers basically reduce the hardware footprint and simplify cabling; thus, making it a very good complement to a virtual infrastructure. Each blade is a server so you save space and reduce power consumption.

Very general pricing for blade servers are as follows:
A blade enclosure can cost around 7 – 10 thousand dollars.
Depending on the blade server build, you can get them at around 3 – 5 thousand dollars.
The network switching options can cost you around 3 – 5 thousand dollars as well.

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  • Wrobinson
    Blade servers allow you to achieve greater density, by packing more computer power into the same amount of, or less space than traditional servers. Blade servers share a common infrastructure (case/housing, cabling, power, cooling, etc.) and servers are inserted and removed in 'blades' which in most cases are nothing more than circuit boards. The initial drawbacks were cost, power consumption, cooling requirements and technical complexity.
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