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tower server

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Server form factors: A guide to rackmount, blade servers and more

A tower server is a computer intended for use as a server and built in an upright cabinet that stands alone. The cabinet, called a tower, is similar in size and shape to the cabinet for a tower-style personal computer. This is in contrast to rack server s or blade server s, which are designed to be rack-mounted .

Advantages of tower servers include:

  • Easier cooling, because the overall component density is fairly low.
  • Scalability, because an unlimited number of servers can be added to an existing network.
Disadvantages:
  • A set of tower servers is bulkier and heavier than an equivalent blade server or set of rack servers.
  • Cabling for a large set of tower servers can be complicated.
  • A group of several air-cooled tower servers in a single location can be noisy because each tower requires a dedicated fan.
This was last updated in May 2006

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