Blade Runner. Blade Server and Virtualization Technology Can Help Hospitals Save Money--But They Are Far From Silver Bullets

Healthc Inform. 2009 Mar;26(3):44, 46.


Blade servers and virtualization can reduce infrastructure, maintenance, heating, electric, cooling and equipment costs. Blade server technology is evolving and some elements may become obsolete. There is very little interoperability between blades. Hospitals can virtualize 40 to 60 percent of their servers, and old servers can be reused for testing. Not all applications lend themselves to virtualization--especially those with high memory requirements. CIOs should engage their vendors in virtualization discussions.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Communication Networks*
  • Cost Savings*
  • Efficiency, Organizational / economics*
  • Hospital Information Systems / economics
  • Hospital Information Systems / organization & administration*