The TechTarget Server Hardware Survey reveals how data center pros buy blade servers, and what they plan to purchase in the next year.
Blade servers allow more processing power in less rack space, so is it surprising that more people buy for performance and cost, and don’t consider management or density as much?
The TechTarget Server Hardware Survey asked qualified respondents what the most important factor is when choosing blade servers. The largest group of respondents — 36% — said performance was paramount in their decision. Blade server cost came in second, with 23% of respondents saying the price tag was the most significant influence.
Management features (11%), vendor relationship (11%), power consumption and efficiency (8%) and ease of deployment (8%) also got nods. But missing from the list were form factor and support, and density and thermal loading rarely mattered most to people buying blade server technology.
Blade servers occupy less space for high performance than rack servers. Blade server design puts key server components on circuit boards, slotted into a chassis. The elimination of dedicated cabling and other elements to each server board can save organizations money. Processing capabilities of blade servers is also crucial in the purchasing decision, so processor, memory and drive support must be considered.