rack vs blade

what is the difference between the rack and tower? is it only the form factor and efficiency or anything else.
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  1. Rajneesh Singh said:
    what is the difference between the rack and tower? is it only the form factor and efficiency or anything else.


    I am confused about your question... I'm assuming rack you mean a stand along server that is installed in a server cabinet. Blade would be a server that is stored and powered form inside of an enclosure such as Proliant Blades. A tower would be your average desktop computer that you see just about everywhere in stores.
  2. this is a few racks (link), it fits several specially designed computer enclosures and other devices.

    this is a tower (link), it is a computer enclosure

    this is several blade servers in a rack mount chassis (link)
  3. neieus said:
    Rajneesh Singh said:
    what is the difference between the rack and tower? is it only the form factor and efficiency or anything else.


    I am confused about your question... I'm assuming rack you mean a stand along server that is installed in a server cabinet. Blade would be a server that is stored and powered form inside of an enclosure such as Proliant Blades. A tower would be your average desktop computer that you see just about everywhere in stores.
  4. neieus said:
    Rajneesh Singh said:
    what is the difference between the rack and tower? is it only the form factor and efficiency or anything else.


    I am confused about your question... I'm assuming rack you mean a stand along server that is installed in a server cabinet. Blade would be a server that is stored and powered form inside of an enclosure such as Proliant Blades. A tower would be your average desktop computer that you see just about everywhere in stores.


    Hey i am aware of the form factor(Design part) and i also now about the hardware available inside racks but my question was if i had to choose between rack and tower ,surely if u ask me i will say go for rack but i am confused, if there is any specific TECH feature available with the rack with can't be acheived on tower.
  5. everlost said:
    this is a few racks (link), it fits several specially designed computer enclosures and other devices.

    this is a tower (link), it is a computer enclosure

    this is several blade servers in a rack mount chassis (link)


    Hey i am aware of the form factor(Design part) and i also now about the hardware available inside racks but my question was if i had to choose between rack and tower ,surely if u ask me i will say go for rack but i am confused, if there is any specific TECH feature available with the rack with can't be acheived on tower.
  6. Rajneesh Singh said:

    Hey i am aware of the form factor(Design part) and i also now about the hardware available inside racks but my question was if i had to choose between rack and tower ,surely if u ask me i will say go for rack but i am confused, if there is any specific TECH feature available with the rack with can't be acheived on tower.


    a tower would be a single appliance solution. media server, file server, or wed server. a rack would be a multiple appliance and space saving solution, where you can mount several devices in a footprint the size of one of these devices. there is no technology difference between a rack and tower. a rack is only a shelf.

    a blade server is different. a blade module itself is a server, however it requires a chassis. the chassis houses the power and I/O components while the blade module houses the CPU, RAM, and HDD. the blades are also hotswapable and scalable (additional modules for more I/O or power)
  7. If you only need a single server, or maybe two at most, tower units work well. However, if you need multiple servers, rack-mounted servers provide space savings over tower servers. But it makes no sense to install a large, tall rack and only put one server in it. It will be more expensive than a single tower server. Racks make sense when more than two or three servers are needed.

    Blade servers, while similar to rack-mounted servers in that they are mounted in racks and also provide space savings over tower servers, also provide additional benefits over rack-mounted servers, such as being hot-swappable and more easily scalable. They might offer more space savings than rack-mounted, I don't know never having worked with blade servers.
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