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Blade Servers: A Wonder Drug For Some Business Ailments, But Not All

Every new technology promises to be a panacea for every IT ailment imaginable. However, like the latest medicines hitting pharmacy shelves,
Blade servers are just what the doctor ordered for these common server ills:

1) Too many servers, too little time. Blade servers' plug-and-go format makes deploying hundreds or even thousands of servers quick and easy. Customers can reap timesavings of up to 80 percent and savings of up to 90 percent of blade servers will heal only some of an IT department's most common complaints--they definitely don't cure every annoying symptom.
total costs (labor and hardware), RLX Technology estimates.

2) Over-inflated IT costs. Gartner points to labor and servers as the two largest cost areas in the data center (accounting for 60 percent to 85 percent of total budget). Blade servers substantially lower IT employee-to-server ratio: One IT person can manage two to three times more blade servers compared with standard servers), according to Hewlett Packard.

3) Underutilized servers. Companies with large usage spikes only may achieve 30 percent to 50 percent server utilization. Blade servers allow for 70 percent to 80 percent utilization rates by allowing the speedy reallocation of server capabilities as applications and workloads shift.

4) Mind-bending complexity. Blade servers, which slip into an enclosure, offer simplified power and cooling, and cable consolidation of up to 80 percent, according to HP's Industry Standard Server division.

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