"Compaq Computer has begun selling its first "blade" servers, networked computers stacked side-by-side so that 280 can fit in a single six-foot-tall rack, the company will announce Monday.
The BL series, code-named "QuickBlade, is part of a movement that began more than a year ago to squeeze as much horsepower into as little floor space as possible. There was more urgency to the movement when the Internet was a hot item and telecommunications companies were still buying lots of equipment, but most analysts still believe bladed servers will catch on in the long run, especially with the arrival of software designed to make them easier to manage."
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