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.