The blade server market has been a high-growth area for many years. According to IDC, in 2011 blades represented about 16 percent of overall server revenue, and x86 blades accounted for almost 90 percent of that. Dell's blades contribute about 9 percent of the market share.
The company currently offers six blades and will soon be refreshing some of them with a release it is calling 12G Servers.
Those servers fall in two camps -- those using Intel processors and those using processors from AMD. Notable blade are:
- PowerEdge M610, a half-height blade using Intel Xeon processor 5500 and 5600 series (six core and four core).
- PowerEdge M610x, which uses similar Xeon processors. This full-height two-socket blade server couples all the capabilities of the M610 blade with an expansion module containing 16 PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 expansion slots.
- PowerEdge M710is another full-height Xeon-based blade. It has 18 dual in-line memory module (DIMM) slots and up to 144 GB of total RAM.
- PowerEdge M710HD, designed for enterprise database and virtualization deployments, the PowerEdge M710HD features high I/O throughput, memory density and processing power in a half-height, two-socket blade server with hot-swap serial attached SCSI (SAS) or solid-state drive (SSD) hard drives.
- PowerEdge M910is aimed at virtualization workloads or for running applications. It is a four-socket, full-height blade server containing up to four 10-core Intel Xeon processors and up to 1TB of RAM.
- PowerEdge M915 is a four-socket full-height blade server offering up to 64 AMD processor cores per blade, up to 512GB RAM and up to 2TB storage per blade. The company also offers a full range of racks and towers with AMD processors.