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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 ITbudget than you need, you'll want to take a look at bladeservers for your next network expansion. Blades can save money andreduce the hours spent on network management. They could even beone of those products that allow entrepreneurs to find new ways tobe productive.

The technology itself is fairly derivative: A blade is a serveron an add-in card about 19 inches long and 1.75 inches thick. Thecard is a downsized motherboard containing processors powerfulenough to support operating systems, utilities and caching. Bladesplug in to a standard 3U chassis that can hold dozens of stackedblades and provide cooling and other subsystems to ensureuninterrupted operation.

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