This guide to understanding server form factors can help cut through the hype and let IT professionals find the system that fits their needs and budget.
1Rackmount servers here to stay-
Rackmount servers: Traditional and larger form factors
While blade servers are gaining popularity, traditional rackmount servers remain the basic building blocks for today's data center. IT professionals turn to these servers to handle a variety of workloads.
1U servers are powerful, economical and versatile. While they aren't always suitable for compute-hungry database applications, they are great for everyday business operations. Manufacturers and models vary significantly, and there are countless options. Continue Reading
Looking for more computing power to improve virtualization performance? Turn to 2U and 4U servers for increased memory support and expansion capabilities. But IT pros looking to purchase one of these larger form factors should consider whether it would really be able to meet their needs. Continue Reading
2The benefit of blades-
Blade servers: Big on computing power, small in size
Blade servers add computing power for demanding workloads without the bulk and cost of larger server form factors. Blade servers offer distinct advantages for some applications, including Web hosting and virtualization. But the very properties that make blades attractive to IT pros also generate their own set of challenges.
Limitations that once made blades a bad choice for virtualization aren't necessarily a problem for today's blade server models. Explore how blade servers have changed over the years, and why they might be the best choice for a virtual environment. Continue Reading
The rise of virtualization, along with hardware and network factors, has slowed blade server adoption. IT pros that deploy blade servers without conducting a detailed cost-benefit analysis will end up disappointed -- and over budget. Continue Reading
The compact size, computing resource consolidation and low costs of blade server technology benefit businesses, but it might not be right for your data center. Find out the pros and cons of implementing blade servers and figure out where customers can put blades to good use. Continue Reading
Small microservers are a large chunk of the market
The microserver market is expanding -- thanks to scalability, simplicity and more. See how these small servers are shaking up the data center.
Leaving behind the x86 server approach, Intel is picking up system-on-a-chip processors for small-computing devices. As more companies seek to build arrays of low-end processors to outperform Intel-based systems, Intel has no choice but to keep up. Continue Reading
Important server lingo
With all of the available server options, you need to speak the language to get the right systems. Here is a list of important definitions that will give you further insight into your purchasing decisions.