The current generation of blade servers is finally ready to fulfill the promise of offering state-of-the-art computing power and connectivity at a fraction of the size of a conventional 1U or 2U, rack-mounted, general-purpose server. And it's about time, too.
The first generation of blade servers was optimized to maximize rack density at the expense of performance and capacity. So until now, blades have been best-suited for niche applications. You could pack a lot of servers into a rack all right, as long as you didn't mind if they had slow Pentium III processors, limited storage space, and few networking options.
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