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Battling With Blades

Regardless of which figures you read, there can be no doubt that blade servers are having a huge impact on the data center. By 2009, Gartner Inc.
and IDC predict, respectively, that shipments will reach 1.3 million and 2.8 million. Both parties agree that around 300,000 blades were shipped during 2004, and the face of data centers is already starting to change dramatically as a result.

However, despite their many advantages, switching to a blade infrastructure brings with it new challenges for the IT administrator.

Boosting server capacity

Blade servers boost data center capacity considerably so much so that organizations currently considering a server upgrade now think in terms of real and theoretical capacity.

Every three to five years, organizations look to upgrade data center hardware, and it is inevitable that in an environment subject to such cost sensitivity, maximizing the infrastructure while keeping a tight control over expenditure is paramount.

The evolution of blades has made this possible and can provide the potential to raise the capacity of an 18,000-server data center to a theoretical capacity of 128,000. Under these circumstances, environmental conditions are going to become increasingly important to data center managers

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