Can something as seemingly innocuous as an electrical plug prevent SMBs from adopting new technology?
In the case of blade servers, maybe so. Both HP and IBM make much of the fact that their new blades geared toward SMBs require nothing more than a standard 110-volt wall outlet for power.
As IT Business Edge blogger Susan Hall points out,IBM's BladeCenter S chassis holds up to six blades yet is small enough to sit on a desktop. The all-in-one system can integrate security, e-mail and VoIP applications. And, as referenced above, it can be powered through a standard wall outlet.
A solution provider interviewed in a recent ChannelWeb article says that HP's BladeSystem c3000 chassis has been a strong seller because "they don't have the power requirements that the other blades do. They use (the) normal three-prong that goes right into the wall." The c3000 is a practical solution for companies with fewer than eight servers, says another solution provider.
According to an IT-Director.com article, HP says the breakeven cost for the c3000 is three to five blades. A tower version, expected for the first half of 2008, will require only two feet of floor space, which the article says should be an especially SMB-friendly configuration.