The Decline of the Blade Server

Good Post by Howard Marks (thank you)

For the past 10 years or so, blade servers have been the fastest-growing portion of the server market. However, as cloud service providers—and the corporate data centers that, every year, look more like the data centers of cloud providers—operate, it seems to me that the blade server’s best days may be behind them.

Blade servers have traditionally (and can I use traditionally to discuss a technology that’s only a decade old?) claimed superiority over their rack mount brethren in density, power consumption, and that least-quantifiable of all measures: manageability. The price for that increased efficiency is reduced I/O capability and, most significantly, limited to no local storage.

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