Category Archives: Dell – Dell EMC

Looking for vSAN Ready Nodes that Run vSAN 8 – Your Choices Are Limited

Now that VMware has released vSphere 8.0, I thought it would be interesting to gather up all of the blade servers that are certified as “vSphere Ready Nodes.”  The results were quite shocking. Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide for Blade Server Resources

Happy Halloween!  As new blade server content is lacking in the market, I thought I would wrap up this month with an updated list of blade server resources for Cisco, Dell, HPE and Lenovo blade servers.
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An Updated Way to Get GPUs on Dell PowerEdge MX7000

It should be no surprise that the popularity of accelerators in the datacenter continues to grow.  In years past, I’ve written a few blog posts on the GPU options for blade servers, but at that time, the options were limited to either small GPUs like the NVIDIA T4 or mezzanine based GPUs.  Now the solutions that are available really open up some great options of using GPUs on blade servers.  Dell Technologies and Liqid have worked together to provide a way to provide multiple GPUs to blade servers using concepts that we won’t see in the market for another few years, so take a few minutes to learn more. Continue reading

Can You Run GPUs on Blade Servers?

In the past, a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) was equated to a workload that was designing something, like building automobiles.  However, over the past few years, organizations have realized that GPUs have more value than utilization in Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML).  In fact, a large majority of recent GPU adoption revolved around utilization of GPUs with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).   As we look at a “modular infrastructure” (aka blade server) environments, having multiple servers within a small footprint is ideal for VDI.  In today’s blog post, I’m going to review what each blade server vendor offers for GPU options. Continue reading

A Tour of Dell’s Power Calculator (EIPT)

https://youtu.be/AUNgCvmXnjI

 

Kevin Houston is the founder of BladesMadeSimple.com.  With over 24 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace Kevin has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware virtualization.  He has worked at Dell Technologies since August 2011 and is a Principal Engineer supporting the East Enterprise Region and is also a CTO Ambassador for the Office of the CTO at Dell Technologies.   #IWork4Dell

 

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What We Can Expect for Blade Servers in 2022

As we look into the new year, there are some things I think we can expect to see in the blade server market.  Here are a few things I think we’ll see in 2022.
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Why Should You Consider Dell’s PowerEdge MX Blade Server?

As an Enterprise sales server technologist for Dell Technologies, one of the questions I get quite often is “why should I consider PowerEdge MX?”  It is a great question especially since all of the top blade server vendor offerings have their advantages.  In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on the top 3 key differentiators the PowerEdge MX blade portfolio has to offer.
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Dell Technologies Adds Telemetry and OIDC Support to Blade Chassis

Dell Technologies released telemetry for blade servers earlier this year in the form of the iDRAC Datacenter license.  In July, telemetry capabilities were extended to the chassis.  Here are the details. Continue reading

Are Multi-Node Systems a Better Option Than Blade Servers?

Lately I’ve been having discussions around “futures” with customers and one topic continues to be over ongoing interest.  What will blade servers look like with the expectations of CPU TDPs continuing to increase?  Looking into the future, it’s very clear that CPUs are going to create an obstacle for blade server users.  TDPs are going to grow to the point where “air cooling” may not be sufficient for all workloads.  This will force blade server users to make a choice.  Continue reading

A Review of Blade Server Market Share

Every quarter IDC publishes market data for blade server vendors.  In the past I’ve only covered the top 4 main stream vendors, Cisco, Dell Technologies, HPE and Lenovo.  However, I recently came upon IDC’s full list of blade server vendors so I thought it would be good to share.

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