Blade computing has big advantages for public sector IT departments; it offers an opportunity to look at how the IT estate is managed and find operational savings as well as support new applications quickly and flexibly. It might not be appropriate in all circumstances: it might not be right for wholesale ‘rip and replace' - groups using mainframes may still find that these are more space and cost efficient in the medium term than moving to blades. Similarly, where investments have been made in the not too distant past in dedicated client/server or highly specialised applications, trying to blade-enable these may not be the most efficient short-term way forwards.
However, blade computing can offer significant advantages in a number of scenarios:
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