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Blades can cut clutter and wasted office space without slicing off a chunk of your budget.

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Unless you're one of those rare businesses with a bigger IT budget than you need, you'll want to take a look at blade servers for your next network expansion. Blades can save money and reduce the hours spent on network management. They could even be one of those products that allow entrepreneurs to find new ways to be productive.

The technology itself is fairly derivative: A blade is a server on an add-in card about 19 inches long and 1.75 inches thick. The card is a downsized motherboard containing processors powerful enough to support operating systems, utilities and caching. Blades plug in to a standard 3U chassis that can hold dozens of stacked blades and provide cooling and other subsystems to ensure uninterrupted operation.

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