Answer: they don’t. Dell’s blade technology has a long way to go, to even start comparing with IBM innovative architecture. Many blade server manufacturers simply treat this new technology as a form-factor change, failing to take advantage of the possibilities it presents.
|Choose between AMD Opteron, Intel Xeon, or POWER processors||Limited to Intel Xeon CPUs|
|IBM blade servers are 22%-37% more efficient in cost to power each blade server||Dell has failed to take advantage of the potential savings in power costs|
|14 blade servers/chassis (7U)||10 blade servers/chassis (7U)|
|High availability, redundant midplane||They don’t even offer this as an option|
|Integrated media option offer flexibility when installing software & drivers||Not available|
|4Gb FB switch modules||Not available|
|Light path diagnostics||Not available|
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