HPE Announces New Blade Server – BL480 Gen10 Plus

In the midst of the 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processor launch and the slew of blade server announcements, HPE quietly announced their next edition to the HPE Synergy family – the BL480 Gen10 Plus.  Here’s what we know. Continue reading

Comparison of Ice Lake Based Blade Servers

(Updated 4.8.2021) Intel released the embargo on April 6, 2021 lifting the covers to the 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable Processor.  As expected, blade server vendors are starting to release details of their offerings based on this new CPU announcement.  Below is an updated chart to help guide you to the best blade server for your project.  This version includes Intel DC Persistent Memory (Optane).

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Intel Officially Announces 3rd Generation Xeon SP – “Ice Lake”

Today Intel lifted the embargo and announced the details of “Ice Lake” – the 3rd generation of Xeon SP CPUs.  This new architecture brings new advantages that will enhance blade server performance.  In this blog post I’ll highlight the specifics of what Ice Lake brings compared to the current generation. Continue reading

Dell Technologies Announces Next Generation Blade Server – MX750c

(UPDATED 4.7.2021) Earlier this month, Dell Technologies launched their next generation server line based on the upcoming 3rd Generation Intel Xeon SP processor.  Here is what we know.

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A Look Back in Time – HP Messaging Blade Server

In the absence of blade server news, I thought I’d take a look back at one of the coolest blade servers I’ve seen – the HP E5000 Messaging System, circa 2011.  Let’s review why it was head of its time. Continue reading

A New CPU is Coming – Better Be Prepared

If you haven’t heard, Intel’s coming out with a new CPU architecture this year and it is a bit different than what you are used to.  If you haven’t started re-architecting your plans for future blade servers, now is the time to begin. Continue reading

A Closer Look at the Q3 2020 IDC Blade Server Market Data

Earlier this month, IDC published their Q3 2020 WorldWide Server tracker data showing the top server vendors.  in this post, I’m going to dive in and take a closer look at how blade servers are performing including which vendor is leading the blade server market.    Continue reading

What is NPAR (Network Partitioning)?

Last week I mentioned NPAR as a feature in most Broadcom like the ones found in the PowerEdge MX740c blade server.  I realized although NPAR is nearly a decade old, it may not be well-known by readers, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to break it down for you. Continue reading