Blade Servers' Parts

The typical “blade” is a stripped-down modular server that saves space by focusing on processing power and memory on each blade, while forgoing many of the traditional storage and I/O functionality typical of rack and standalone server systems.

Unlike a rackmount server, which is entirely self-contained, blade servers lack certain key components, such as cooling fans and power supplies. These missing components, which contribute to a blade server’s small size and lower cost, are instead contained in a dedicated blade server chassis.

The chassis is a modular unit that contains blade servers and other modules. In addition to the servers, a blade server chassis might contain modular power supplies, storage modules, cooling modules (i.e., fans) and management modules.

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Sample blade server diagram showing the different field replaceable options / parts.

Blade Servers' Parts