The Evolution of Blade Servers

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Mar 19, 2010


Today, blades are widely used in high-performance computing (HPC), with over 40 percent of the largest supercomputers tabulated in the Top500 list being HP blades. This, however, hasn't always been the case. According to this CNET report, the initial wave of blade servers largely failed, along with the companies that made them.


The initial wave of blade servers largely failed, along with the companies that made them.

"A little under 10 years ago, I paid a visit to a Boston hotel suite where Gary Stimac was showing off a new server that his company, RLX Technologies, would soon be announcing. Stimac had been employee No. 5 at Compaq. He signed on as chief executive officer of RLX to bring the company's so-called blade servers to market.

"Blade servers are a modular, pluggable design that often lets more computing capacity be crammed into a smaller footprint than with conventional rackmount servers, reduces the number of cables needed, and shares some of the physical infrastructure such as power supplies among multiple servers. RLX was a high-profile and well-funded start-up; Stimac and his fellow executives saw blades as a revolution in the way servers were designed and operated."

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