Although blade servers are touted as a space-saving alternative to the rackmount, the rackmount server remains popular among both SMBs and large-scale enterprises. As the modern data center and business demands evolve, IT professionals seek out flexible, easy to deploy solutions like the rackmount that allow them to rapidly adapt mission-critical infrastructure to change. Working to meet demands for greater performance, capacity, and availability under tightened budgets, IT managers choose rack mount server solutions because of their affordability, scalability, and reliability, enabling them to cost-effectively handle pressing IT challenges and build agile, application-optimized data centers.
Today’s rackmount and blade servers perform similar functions, and both types of product continue to improve and deliver significant benefits to the organization. Which server is right for your organization depends on your primary application requirements as well as your particular usage environment and unique IT priorities.
The smallest type of server available today, blade servers boast higher compute density and better power efficiency when compared to their rackmount counterparts. These benefits are achieved by eliminating unnecessary hardware from the individual server, placing each blade (server) into an enclosure with power supplies, networking equipment, and other shared components. Rackmount servers on the other hand, are much easier to set up and configure and provide greater local storage capacity and expansion capabilities. Moreover, because each server operates completely independently, rackmount servers offer enhanced reliability and minimal downtime.
The rackmount is not without its disadvantages: their larger footprint compared to blades, increased power consumption, and substantial heat generation. For organizations that want to avoid the higher initial cost and complicated configuration associated with blade platforms, Super Micro has created a broad portfolio of SuperServer solutions that remedy the most problematic aspects of the rackmount.
Thinkmate-configured Supermicro rack servers offer the density and energy efficiency of a blade in compact, highly customizable form factors. Optimized for HPC, cloud, and enterprise IT applications, twin-architecture Supermicro servers achieve industry-leading density and performance—while helping organizations conserve energy and space. Supermicro Twin server systems such as the next-generation TwinPro feature: