Data Centers

Can blade servers save you money and improve your server room?

Learn just about anything you'd want to know about the benefits and drawbacks of blade servers from this collection of white papers.

In the past five years, few new technologies have impacted server rooms and data centers more profoundly than the arrival of blade servers. Blades offer multiple benefits to both small businesses and enterprises. Most importantly, blades can improve flexibility and manageability while also reducing rack space requirements. Of course, blades also have their drawbacks and there are some tasks that are not well-suited to blade servers.

You can read all about what blade servers can do to improve your server environment, as well as their deficiencies, in the following white papers:

Make the Case: Business Case Template for Blade Servers
Source: ZDNet
This handy tool will help you frame your analysis for buying blade servers, but not before taking you through all the options—from deferring the decision to buying to outsourcing, and everything in between. The template contains a step-by-step blueprint for constructing your business case, including: reviewing the costs and benefits of each alternative, assessing the business value of the alternatives, and making the formal recommendation. And since it's in Microsoft Word format, you can easily customize the template.

Enabling Business Agility through Server Blade Technology
Source: Hewlett-Packard
This white paper provides an in-depth review of the emerging market for Intel-based blade computing, including IDC's latest forecast for blade market penetration, which predicts a transition from the customer data center to one based on modular server technology.

Top 10 Things to Consider Before Investing in Blade Server Technology
Source: RLX Technologies
This whitepaper will provide you with the top 10 things you should consider before investing in blade server technology. You'll find out how blade servers can help your IT department to do more with less time, people, expense and data center space. You'll learn why blade servers provide an ideal platform for Linux-based applications. Also, you'll get more information on how blade servers, if implemented correctly, can help you create a more scaleable and flexible IT infrastructure.

How Server Blades Can Reduce Total Cost of Ownership
Source: IDC
Blade servers are more cost effective than their rack-optimized predecessors for several reasons. Cost is lower due to more shared common resources, such as power supplies. Network access for all blades in a chassis reduces cabling complexity and allows for reallocation of server resources. Most important, blade servers can inherently be managed far more effectively than independent rack-mounted or stand-alone pedestal servers. Get more on the benefits of blades in this IDC white paper.

To Blade or Not to Blade - That is the IT Question
Source: IBM
Blade servers are selling like hotcakes these days, and with good reason. They can offer a level of rack density and network/infrastructure integration previously unknown. A key reason for the interest in blade servers is the attractiveness of physical consolidation of IT resources for better management and control, combined with lower costs. Blade servers do offer superior density, but just as a uniprocessor 1U server may not be appropriate for enterprise database applications, and an 8-way 7U server isn't ideal as a file/printer server, so too are blade servers better suited for some uses than others. This paper compares IBM BladeCenter with other IBM rack-optimized servers, and shows which may work best in various environments.

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