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Tower server

August 3, 2009

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 servers or blade servers, 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.
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.

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