Blade Servers Continue to Perform, but Density-Optimized Computing is on the Rise
The last decade has seen a marked shift in the
world of IT. Blade server enclosures have taken over the market, thanks in no
small part to improved performance and decreased costs. According to a
whitepaper from Hewlett-Packard, blade servers are cheaper to buy overall
because their component density and set up allows servers to share resources
and computer racks. In other words, you can get more for less. Additionally,
that same shared infrastructure means fewer power supplies running. In turn,
that leads to smaller utility costs, whether you're running three servers or a
large data center that can use as much energy as a small town.
In 2014, the effects of these benefits of blade server rack cabinets can be seen in global sales figures. The International Data Corporation estimates that the sale of blade servers worldwide spiked by 7% to $2.1 billion in the second quarter of 2014, putting them well ahead of IT hardware averages. Even so, new rack computers, particularly those with a focus on density optimization, look to supplant blade options as the king of data center racks.
Density-Optimized Rack Computers Fuse the Best of Blade and Rack Options
Density-optimized rack computers show greater annual growth than any other server option on the market, blade servers included. According to a recent report from the tech news site EnterpriseTech, density-optimized servers generate $768 million a quarter. In total, they account for 20% of global server rack sales.
The secret to the server technology's success is the way it fuses the best of blade servers and rack options together. Rack options have consistently been popular, both because they're cheap and extremely easy to work with. Blade servers, as aforementioned, come with a lot of power for relatively small costs. Density-optimized servers, as the name implies, feature the dense computing power and shared resources of blade servers, while simultaneously delivering the more user-friendly experience rack options are so well known for. The combination, as you can clearly see, is proving potent.
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