Reducing Total Cost of Ownership Through the Use of Blade Systems
The operational and financial advantages of blades, associated resources and networking equipment
Server blades, a relatively new form factor in the server market, offer businesses of all sizes the potential of reducing cost of ownership. The advantages of blades come not only from the consolidation benefits of housing several servers into a single chassis but also the consolidation of the associated resources – storage and the networking equipment - into a smaller form factor that can then be managed through a single interface.
Over the course of the last few years, server blades have become a firmly established technology that is helping to provide a solid foundation for a more productive, lower cost and highly leveraged IT infrastructure. Not only are blades moving into the mainstream market for large organizations, but increasingly they are becoming the server form factor of choice for mid-market companies as these organizations recognize the advantages associated with this platform of products.
To meet the business-critical operational requirements and provide their organizations with a competitive edge, IT personnel are specifically seeking to create simpler and easier-to-manage IT environments, with an infrastructure that increases application availability and performance, reduces acquisition and support costs, and adjusts quickly to changing business needs. IT infrastructures are being designed to provide much greater flexibility, and blade servers are a common first step in that process.