HP has shipped its 1-millionth blade server, the first company to reach that milestone. Blades are the fastest-growing segment of the server market, with 45% growth expected this year.

Thomas Meyer, vice-president of IDC EMEA Systems Research says that "blades have developed into a mature technology in the data centre.
"When asking IT decision-makers for the main reasons for investments in blades, they cite reliability, scalability, manageability and TCO/ROI as the top four reasons.
"At the same time, the improvements in features and functions, combo solutions including servers and storage as well as improvements in the software stack drive the blade proposition further downstream, making it increasingly viable for SMBs."
With less energy usage than traditional rack servers, HP blade servers can save up to 47,9% compared to traditional 1U rack mount servers. HP's Thermal Logic technology enables accurate monitoring and control, and the ability to pool, share and allocate the right amount of power and cooling to match customer demands.
Building on its "blade everything" strategy, HP recently introduced the Integrity NonStop NB50000c BladeSystem, the ProLiant BL2x220c and the ProLiant BL260c demonstrating unique innovation leadership.