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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.
With dense compute and an expandable storage subsystem, the Dell PowerEdge MX840C delivers the flexibility and agility needed by demanding environments.
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.
The SuperBlade enhances system computing density by housing multiple blade servers in a single enclosure. Its application-optimized engineering deliver simplified maintenance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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'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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 (formerly XenServer) is a virtualization management platform optimized for application, desktop and server virtualization infrastructures.
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.
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.
DL325 delivers two-processor performance with one-processor economics, a claim backed up by single socket performance leadership in a key virtualization benchmark.
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.