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Network Servers for the Enterprise

Learn the many advantages of network servers, including file access, collaboration, and better management and work flow. Plus: tips for network security.

HPE Synergy 660 Gen10: Blade Server Product Overview and Insight

The HPE Synergy 660 Gen10 includes up to four Xeon Scalable processors. It is designed to reduce operational complexity for traditional workloads and increase operational velocity for new applications and services.

Dell PowerEdge MX840C: Blade Server Product Overview and Insight

With dense compute and an expandable storage subsystem, the Dell PowerEdge MX840C delivers the flexibility and agility needed by demanding environments.

NEC SigmaBlade M: Blade Server Product Overivew and Insight

The low-cost SigmaBlade M enclosures feature hot-swap redundant components, server blades and switch modules in an eight-blade chassis that takes up 6U of rack space.

SuperMicro SuperBlade: Blade Server Product Overview and Insight

The SuperBlade enhances system computing density by housing multiple blade servers in a single enclosure. Its application-optimized engineering deliver simplified maintenance.

Huawei FusionServer E9000: Blade Server Product Overview and Insight

The Huawei FusionServer E9000 offers a low price for a four-socket Xeon blade, and it's a worthy workhorse for mission-critical and HPC applications.

Cisco UCS B200 M5: Blade Server Product Overview and Insight

For those committed to Cisco networking or Cisco platforms in general, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) blades make perfect sense. These blades are on many shortlists.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SN550: Blade Server Product Overview and Insight

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SN550 ranks third in this guide behind two far more expensive blades. Integration with IBM/Lenovo hardware and software is another big plus.

HPE ProLiant BL460c: Blade Server Product Overview and Insight

The HPE BL460c with the c3000 enclosure is a decent choice for SMB server needs. But demanding requirements, other blades may be a better choice.

10 Best Blade Servers: Speed and Performance

A list of the top blades for various business uses. Blades severs are basically servers stripped down to the power essentials -- which one fits your budget and compute needs?

Fujitsu Primergy BX Blade: Product Overview and Insight

Primergy BX2560 M2 beats out competitors on some features, and its enterprise technology track record makes it one that global organizations would do well to consider.

Dell PowerEdge FX2: Product Overview and Insight

The Dell PowerEdge FX2 is a good entry level blade for those that don’t need massive amounts of compute, memory or storage.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server Virtualization: Product Overview and Insight

Microsoft Hyper-V has gained ground steadily over VMware and now there is little to choose between them. Hyper-V is lower cost and gains ground in terms of Microsoft integration.

Proxmox Virtual Environment: Product Overview and Insight

Focused on the central European market, Proxmox is gaining traction due to its smart combination of open-source KVM-based virtualization, software defined storage and containers.

Red Hat Virtualization: Product Overview and Insight

Red Hat's open source credentials make it well-suited to open source environments. Those already adopting Red Hat in the enterprise are unlikely to look elsewhere.

VMware vSphere: Virtualization Software Overview and Insight

The cost of vSphere may be high compared with others in this guide. But its feature set is hard to beat. It is especially strong in large enterprises with heterogeneous environments.

Virtuozzo: Product Overview and Insight

While Virtuozzo can virtualize Windows servers, it is more focused on the Linux and open source markets. It competes directly with Red Hat virtualization and other open-source platforms such as Proxmox and KVM. 

IBM PowerVM: Product Overview and Insight

IBM PowerVM provides a secure and scalable server virtualization environments, and can help provide services in the cloud faster by automating deployment of VMs and storage.

Oracle VM Server: Product Overview and Insight

Oracle VM Server for x86 enables Oracle platform and application users to run VMs without having to go to another vendor. It offers support for Windows, Linux, and Solaris guests.

8 Best Server Virtualization Software

VMware remains the virtualizaton market leader. But alternatives from the likes of Microsoft, Red Hat, Citrix, Oracle, Proxmox, IBM, Virtuozzo, and others offer plenty of competition.

Citrix Hypervisor Server Virtualization: Product Overview and Insight

Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer) is a virtualization management platform optimized for application, desktop and server virtualization infrastructures.

Top Ten Rack Servers

These leading rack servers can handle virtually any type of workload. This in-depth roundup lists rack servers from from economical to the most expensive.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950: Rack Server Overview and Insight

The SR950 is a top-of-the-line server for the most demanding workloads, at a premium price. It is aimed at enterprise users in ERP and other demanding commerce applications that facilitate business transactions.

HPE Proliant DL325: Rack Server Overview and Insight

DL325 delivers two-processor performance with one-processor economics, a claim backed up by single socket performance leadership in a key virtualization benchmark.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR630: Rack Server Overview and Insight

The Lenovo SR630 offers plenty of memory and storage capacity, along with versatile configurations. It has world record benchmark scores for 1-processor rack server performance for compute-intensive applications.

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