Category Archives: History

A Look Back at the HP ProLiant C3500 Blade Enclosure

Upon reviewing my Google photos, I found a few interesting images that showcased the little known HP ProLiant C3500.  This blog post will provide some rarely seen images and give some insights into the HP ProLiant Blade Enclosure family. Continue reading

2016 – Year in Review

As I wrap up my 7th year with this blog I wanted to take a minute to pause and say thank you.  Without your interest in this blog post, I don’t think I would have stuck with it.  I appreciate your ideas and your feedback / comments, even if I may not like what you say.  As my final post of the year, I thought I would provide you with some insights on what was popular, what has been searched on, etc.  If you don’t see something you’d like to know about, let me know in the comments below.  Thanks for your continued interest, and Happy New Year! Continue reading

2015 in Review

As another year has ended, I have to take the time to thank you.  This blog was created for my own use, to be able to access blade information at any time; but it grew into something bigger.  For each of you that use this site, I give a sincere thank you.  This site is a personal site that I’ve maintained since Fall of 2009 and I get ZERO money to run it.  No advertising dollars or anything.  It’s a hobby, so your participation is greatly appreciated.  That said, I thought for my first blog post of 2016, I’d provide you with some insight into the numbers.  So here we go.

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BladesMadeSimple – Year in Review

I’d like to begin 2013 first by saying thank you to you, the reader.  I created BladesMadeSimple.com in October of 2009 with the goal of creating a repository of blade server related material for my own use modeled after Rich Bramley’s virtualization blog, vmetc.com.  About 3 months after creation of the inception, BladesMadeSimple gained industry visibility after I wrote the blog post titled,

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Is it Time to Rethink Your Position On Blade Servers?

Is it time to rethink your position on blade servers?  A recent vendor neutral article from Processor.com thinks it is.  The October 5th edition of Processor magazine provided an article titled, “Rethink Your Position On Blade Servers” where they offer reasons to look at blade servers in your environment.   Continue reading

Where Did Blade Servers Come From?

As I mentioned yesterday, one of my fellow bloggers, Stephen Foskett, is writing a series on blade servers.  His latest post reveals the history of the blade server.  Stephen’s article challenged me to do some research of my own – and here’s what I found.   Apparently the first “official” patent for a server on blade (patent # 6,411,506 – High density web server chassis system and method) was awarded in June of 2002 to Christopher G. Hipp and David M. Kirkeby of RLX Technologies.   One interesting fact is that U.S. Patents referenced within the document refers to other patents from many leaders of the industry including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Micron, Hitachi and even Dell.

I’ve taken the liberty of downloading the entire patent document for your reference:
High Density Web Server Chassis – Patent 6411506 B1 (1.84Mb, PDF).

 

If you like technology and are a history buff, I recommend you check out Stephen’s article at http://blog.fosketts.net/2012/02/20/blade-server-history/.

 

Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BladesMadeSimple.com.  He has over 15 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace.  Since 1997 Kevin has worked at several resellers in the Atlanta area, and has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware and Citrix virtualization.    Kevin works for Dell as a Server Specialist covering the Global 500 East market.

What Is a Blade Server?

My friend, Stephen Foskett, is writing a series of posts introducing blade servers.  It’s probably something I should have done a long time ago, but since I’m a slacker and he beat me to it, I’ll give him kudos and do a re-post.  I encourage you to read the full article as it’s very enlightening.  Here is an excerpt:

I’ve been watching enterprise IT for over 20 years now, and I’ve seen some radical changes. In the server space, one of the biggest shifts was the form factor of the servers: From tower to rack-mount to blades. But what makes a blade server anyway? Let’s consider this for a moment, as we watch another shift in progress.  Blade servers are easily recognized in the data centers, trade shows, and product catalogs of today: They’re the ones that nestle together in an enclosure, sharing some resources rather than standing on their own in a rack or on the floor. But what is the essential element that separates a blade from any other kind of server?”

Read the rest at http://blog.fosketts.net/2012/02/18/blade-server/

 

Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BladesMadeSimple.com.  He has over 15 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace.  Since 1997 Kevin has worked at several resellers in the Atlanta area, and has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware and Citrix virtualization.    Kevin works for Dell as a Server Specialist covering the Global 500 East market.