HP BladeSystem – What is Blade ?
Just what is a Blade?
A blade is literally a self-contained server, which collectively fits into an enclosure with other blades. Sometimes known as a chassis, this enclosure provides the power, cooling, connectivity, and management to each blade server. The blade servers themselves contain only the core processing elements, making them hot- swappable. HP refers to the entire package as a BladeSystem.
To get a better idea of what a single blade contains, an HP ProLiant blade holds hot-plug hard-drives, multiple I/O cards, memory, multi-function network interconnects, and Integrated Lights Out remote management. For additional storage, blades can connect to another storage blade or to a network attached SAN.
Blade servers — efficient, fast, and reliable.
Find out why your peers choose blades over traditional servers.
Streamline your IT operations
Transforming your data center starts with blade servers. Blades are combined in an enclosure that provides shared power, cooling, and connectivity so they are inherently efficient. They are designed for enterprise workloads such as virtualization and cloud computing and they simply deliver the performance and reliability needed to innovate in ways traditional infrastructures cannot.
Compared to rack servers, blades can:
- Reduce your costs by up to 68%1
- Reduce downtime by 90%1
- 66x faster workload deployment
Learn more about the benefits of blades with Blade Server Basics.
The business case for blade servers
Greater performance and scalability are among the top reasons decision-makers are opting for blade servers, according to an IDG Research Services survey. Blades are a popular choice for data center virtualization because they provide simpler management and more flexibility. The survey results and more are contained in an InfoWorld QuickPulse report, “The Strong Business Case for Blade Servers.”
What workloads are blade servers best suited for?
When compared to other traditional rack-mount servers, a blade server solution can be tasked and scaled virtually any workload from client to cloud:
- Server virtualization: with full support for Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere
- Virtual Desktop: that can span all types of users from basic task workers all the way to power users who require high performance graphics
- Cloud infrastructure: both private and public with specialized solutions such as HP CloudSystem
- Big Data applications: such as database and transactional processing that support a wide range of solutions from SAP, Microsoft, SAS and Oracle
- IT Infrastructure solutions for collaboration: such as Microsoft Exchange and Lync
- Web page serving and caching
- SSL encrypting of Web communication
- Streaming audio and video content
- Supports all of the popular operating systems available today
In other words, blades can be whatever you need them to be. Use the blade savings of time, money, and energy costs to create a competitive advantage over your competitors to achieve up to 68% reduction in data center costs over traditional rack environment, 90% reduction in downtime and speed delivery of new applications and services.
To get the big picture of what components are involved in a blade architecture for your datacenter of any size, the Step-by-Step Guide to Build a BladeSystem will provide those.
HP BladeSystem converges server, storage and networking
HP BladeSystem is a modular infrastructure platform that converges server, storage and network fabric to accelerate operations and speeds delivery of applications and services running in physical, virtual, and cloud-computing environments. Designed to optimize virtually any workload, it is managed by a consumer inspired management platform that delivers unprecedented ease of use allowing you to deploy and manage your environment faster, at lower cost, and maximize productivity at any scale.
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