Blades are usually powerful computers in their own right, but that’s not how they originally started. The prototype blade servers were created to be not so different from a micro server today.With intentionally weak processor for the purpose of low heat and low power consumption, today’s equivalent would be something along the lines of Supermicro’sMicroCloud systems or HP’s Moonshot.
Blade machines today normally contain two processors and as much RAM as an engineer can physically fit into a Blade box. They run top tier enterprise workloads and virtualisations, so they are obviously very big, very powerful, and energy hungry.
The days when Blade Servers were built out of spare laptop components and put into a chassis to keep the energy costs down are long gone. Nowadays they are a shining example to how compact and dense computing hardware can be when only a small area is available.
This method of …