Blade servers: Pricing, power, cooling and as virtualization hardware

Editors note: Are blade servers too expensive? Do they require too much power and cooling? Are blades bad hardware for virtualization because of I/O limitations? The answer to all of these questions is no. Find out why in this tip.

IT pros may have heard some scary rumors about virtualizating with blades. In my profession, I've heard them all: blade servers cost too much, they require too much power and cooling, etc. This is commong with all new IT technologies as they emerge and mature. Strengths are enhanced by vendors, and weaknesses tend to be inflated by skeptics. In many cases, the flaws of the early product releases create concerns and horror stories that live long after those flaws have been addressed.

This appears to be the case with a number of issues around blade server systems, and in particular, around blades and virtualization. In this series, I'll debunk the myths and tell you what's overhyped. Here are the most common myths I hear:

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