Blade Server – thin, fast, and power plus space saving. That is how we can describe about this popular brand new server. Yes, blade server has become more and more famous with its pluses as described in my first sentence additionally with other great features it offers.

Cooling Capability
The first great thing about blade server is that it has cooling capability, which is actually really needed for blade server as it is requiring higher attention in this matter. During operation, electrical and mechanical components will usually produce heat.

However, with blade servers, its enclosures reduce heat by using fans. Blade is actually designed to produce less heat. But still, you need to ensure that the room temperature is cold (air-conditioned) as if it gets too hot, there will be automatic shut down.

Rack Based and High Density

Besides its cooling capability with its fan, blade server is also rack-based, meaning that you won’t spend too much space for servers. Being rack based, it can include up to 60 servers in the rack. So it is really space saving. And as you may have known, blade enclosure itself can hold multiple blade servers.

A blade server is sometimes described as server with high-density. Usually used in servers clustering, it is able to do any single task like sharing files, serving and caching web pages, encrypting the SSL of Web communication, trans-coding web page contents for smaller display, or even streaming audio and videos.

Less Cables, Less Structure Maintenance, More Availability Concentration
This must what you’ve been searching for, having less downtime. How? Well, blade servers allow more processing power in less rack space, simplifying cables and reducing power consumption.

When you decide to switch into using blade servers, you can reduce up to 85% reduction in cables for blade installations over the regular tower servers. With less cables, administrators can concentrate more on ensuring higher availability rather than spend time managing the infrastructure.

Networking Ability
Besides, blade server is also great for networking. Each blade server mostly has one or two local ATA or SCSI drives. And when it’s not enough yet,  blade servers can connect to a facilitated storage pool – Network Attached Storage (NAS), Fiber Channel, or iSCSI Storage Area Network (SAN) for additional storage.

So, as you’ve read, the benefits of using blade servers is not only the ability of it to consolidate placing tens of servers in a single chassis, but also additionally from the other advantages including the ability to associate with other resources (like storage and networking equipment), which is manageable through single interface.

~Gabrielle~

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