Total cost of ownership (TCO) of Dell PowerEdge M710 and HP Proliant BL685c G5 blade solutions
Enterprises of all sizes are deploying or considering deploying blade systems as a way to consolidate resources and lower their total cost of ownership. These solutions tend to be easier to deploy and manage than traditional rack servers and offer lower energy consumption for both server power and cooling. We calculated the total cost of ownership (TCO) of two full-height blade solutions: the Dell PowerEdge M710 server and the HP ProLiant BL685c C5 server. Our 1-, 3-, and 5-year TCO estimates included costs for hardware, support, management software, power, cooling, data center costs and out-of-box-setup.