Microsoft typically uses the term “blade” to mean a compact self-contained server, usually on its own circuit board, that fits into an enclosure shared with other blades.

For licensing purposes, Microsoft treats each blade the same way it would a freestanding server in its own (unshared) chassis.

Each blade contains all the necessary functional components, such as processors and memory, to be considered a server computer itself. The shared enclosure provides the resident blades with services such as power, cooling, networking, and management.

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