'Bricks and blades' server technology received a boost as industry heavyweight Dell announced plans to use it on a new range of PowerApp and PowerEdge servers.
Dell server product manager David Allinson said the emphasis will be on modular computing, with components being integrated, yet independently replaceable, to conserve power and space.
Allison said some smaller companies were currently using the technology, but Dell was the first major supplier.
"All servers will probably move towards 'bricks and blades' in the end," Allinson said.
Blade technology is aimed at Tier 1 and Tier 2 architectures, and enables ultra-thin servers to be horizontally housed to achieve three times the density of current units.
Processing power, memory and storage can be placed on a single board, with many servers utilising the same power supply and cooling.
Brick technology concentrates on Tier 3 architecture, dramatically increasing the flexibility of high-end servers. It means memory, CPU and I/O boards will be thoroughly interchangeable, said Allinson.
"The result of such technology is an increase in the capacity and processing power of a server rack, with 300-plus servers, 300-plus CPUs and over 36Tb of storage possible."
The servers are expected to be released in the first quarter of next year.
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