Dell introduced the PowerEdge M-Series, which consists of a new 10U chassis that is able to support up to 16 half-height blades. Blades are built around either Intel or AMD processors, and full-height blades for the chassis will be offered later this year.
Developed over two years, the PowerEdge M-Series server was the culmination of the "most extensive R&D program we've ever done," according to Rick Becker, vice president of solutions for Dell. The company says it has applied for more than 30 patents for this new product.
It is not hard to see why Dell would invest so many resources into its blade servers, because sales of blade servers are growing faster than the overall server market.
Sales of blade servers grew 13.8% in the third quarter of 2007, accounting for 10% of all server sales, according to tech tracker Gartner Group. Dell, with 10.8% of the worldwide server market trails both IBM, which has 33.7%, and Hewlett-Packard, with 25.3%.The new M-Series blade servers are slated to ship this week. Prices for the M1000e blade enclosure starts at $5,999 with blades starting from $1,849.
Do you use blade servers in your company? What circumstances, in your opinion, would make a compelling reason to aggressively deploy blades?
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.