TorontoMCS wrote: Has anyone actually been able to fully populate an HP blade server rack with 5 enclosures and 40 BL20p-G2 blades and manage to keep them cool? If so, how?? The numbers we get from HP would suggest the entire rack would put out more BTU's than a large backyard BBQ.
gregschulz replies: In general one of the disadvantages of Blade servers is the heat problem reminiscent of early mainframes given the density. I'm not sure what HP has up their sleeve, however I have heard of some other blade server vendors who are taking a page out of the history book and integrating special cooling (air and liquid) to keep blade server shelves and complexes cool. In the meantime I would suggest maximizing airflow around the blade servers including keeping the room they are in extra cool. Otherwise, get some bratwurst, burgers, and beer and make use of the heat or deploy the blade server as a heater in a garage or ice house some where it really gets cold...