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May 7, 2013 4:52:01 AM

what is the difference between the rack and tower? is it only the form factor and efficiency or anything else.

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May 7, 2013 5:20:45 AM

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.
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May 7, 2013 5:20:53 AM

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)
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May 7, 2013 5:46:57 AM

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.


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May 7, 2013 5:51:42 AM

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.


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May 7, 2013 5:52:23 AM

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.
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May 7, 2013 6:28:12 AM

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)
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May 7, 2013 6:51:12 AM

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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