Small enterprises have adopted blade servers at faster rates than mid-sized enterprises. As a result, there are many older blade platforms in use. These blade servers, purchased for one-applicationone- server operations, are being recast as consolidation and virtualization platforms.
In many cases, minor upgrades can extend the life of those servers and support virtualization as well. By judicious optimization of software and hardware combinations and possible upgrades, IT can extend the life of existing blade servers and gain the benefits of virtualization.