Blade Storage Server

Minimize space with a blade storage server

A blade storage server is a high storage server solution that can help organizations to enhance processing power and storage capacity without needing to increase the physical footprint of the data center. With a physically thin and stripped-down design that includes only a CPU, memory, network controller, and storage drive, storage blade servers are among the smallest and most compact server equipment available today.

As a leading provider of custom computer and server equipment, Thinkmate offers Supermicro blade storage server solutions that are easy to deploy, simple to use, and provide the industry's best price-performance ratio.

Benefits of a blade storage server

A blade storage server features a modular design that is paired down in order to minimize energy consumption and to take up less space within data center architecture. Multiple blade servers are housed, usually vertically, within a blade chassis that provides power, networking, cooling, interconnects and other management hardware to each of the servers within the chassis. This centralized system of management simplifies maintenance and monitoring.

In a data center architecture, a blade storage server provides:

  • Simpler load-balancing and failover, due to its simpler and slimmer infrastructure.
  • Easier cabling, as blade servers have far fewer cables than there rackmount counterparts.
  • The smallest form factor available, helping to minimize physical space required for compute power and storage.
  • Greater scalability, as adding additional servers is quick and easy.
  • Reduced server storage cost for cooling, and power consumption.
  • Higher redundancy, with hot-swappable drives that make it easy to replace a blade that is malfunctioning.

Blade storage server solutions from Thinkmate

Thinkmate provides a broad range of customized server, storage and workstation solutions for business customers, educational institutions and government agencies. Our commitment to superior quality, our highly competitive pricing and a hard-earned reputation for reliability have made us a #1 server solutions provider for more than 20 years.

Thinkmate features Supermicro SuperBlade® blade servers, which leverage years of rackmount server design experience to deliver enhanced system computing density. Each SuperBlade® module delivers true server functionality with up to two 6-core Intel® Xeon® processors, optional InfiniBand mezzanine HCA, optional PCI Express expansion card, and support for up to 6 SATA or SAS2 hard drives.

We offer two Supermicro blade storage server options, both configured by Thinkmate:

  • Supermicro DataCenterBlade®. This blade server is optimized for performance and density to deliver 2352 processing cores per 42U standard rack, making it ideal for data center and HPC applications. This powerful blade storage server features industry-leading density, performance per watt and price per performance. Its high-density 7U enclosure can house up to 14 DP blades, and its efficient power supplies deliver 94% plus energy efficiency.
  • Supermicro TwinBlade®. This blade storage server is the most technically advanced blade server system in the industry, supporting up to 120 DP servers with 240 Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 family processors per 42U rack. The greenest, most energy-efficient blade server in the industry, the Twin Blade offers N+1 redundant, high-efficiency (94%) 2500W/3000W power supplies along with lowest TCO and the best performance per watt.

You'll also find tower server and rackmount server options at Thinkmate, along with a broad range of options for network-attached storage, nearline storage, JBOD expansion and for the biggest storage server in Supermicro SuperStorage.

Building your blade storage server at Thinkmate

When you're ready to configure a blade storage server at Thinkmate, our world-class configurator will provide you with a comprehensive set of options for each base model. You can quickly and clearly see all of the components available for your server, along with the price for each, and as you add or remove components from your configuration, the change in the cost of your machine will be reflected in the total configured price at the top of the page. Depending on your blade storage server, you can choose from options for nodes, chassis, high-speed interconnect, power protection switches, processors, memory, drives, operating systems and more.

If you have questions as you're configuring your device, our knowledgeable computer technicians are available to answer questions and help you secure the exact configuration for your needs. When you've finished building your blade storage server, you can submit it for review by our solution architects to make sure everything checks out, or you can click Add To Order to purchase or finance the machine.

Thinkmate: your #1 source for blade storage servers

When you choose Supermicro blade storage servers configured by Thinkmate, your equipment can be paired with a standard 3-year warranty with advanced parts replacement. You also have access to our exceptional customer service team, where you can always reach a live person (rather than a robot) who will do everything in their power to answer questions and help you resolve any issues. Whether you're looking for a blade server, a super fast storage server or for the largest storage server possible, our team will help you configure the machine that is best suited for your needs.

All Thinkmate machines are made in the USA and stress-tested in our state-of-the-art facilities outside of Boston Massachusetts. And because we have developed strong relationships with recognized product manufacturers, we have access to better support programs and product information, as well as the ability to deliver highly competitive pricing that is on par with or better than our competitors.

Finally, when you configure a blade storage server with Thinkmate, you know you can get a machine that is 100% customized for your environment, delivering the features, functionality, performance and capacity to optimize your data center.

FAQs: What is a blade storage server?

What is a blade storage server?

A blade storage server is a modular type of computer server that offers more compute power and storage capacity while consuming less space. Blade servers are designed to have a minimal amount of components, enabling more servers to be packed into a smaller footprint. Blade storage servers are usually housed vertically in a blade chassis, which features multiple slots for servers and provides management hardware for power, cooling, networking and more.

What are the advantages of a blade storage server?

A blade storage server enables data centers to increase density, adding performance and storage capacity while saving space. Blade servers are also easier to manage, as the power, cooling and networking functions are centralized within the chassis. And blade storage servers can be configured to be hot-swappable, making it easier to pull and replace a blade that has a problem.

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