Category Archives: Intel

Blade Server Comparisons – March 2015

It’s always good to have a single source of comparisons for the Tier 1 blade servers, so here is the updated list.  I realize that I should have posted this in December, but I guess it’s better late than never.  Continue reading

Dell’s PowerEdge VRTX Gets An Upgrade

The past few months have seen some long awaited new additions to Dell’s PowerEdge VRTX system.  In an effort to prevent this from being an “all Dell” blog, I’ve held off writing about these new additions until today.  In a quick summary, the new additions include: 2nd PERC, added support for VMware ESXi 5.5, added support for the M820 blade server and the ability to repurpose blade servers from the M1000e.  Let’s dig into each of these.

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Intel E5-4600 v2 CPU Announced

Intel announced the refresh of their 4 socket E5 line taking the CPU up to 12 cores, and 30MB of shared cache and supporting memory speeds up to 1866 MTS DDR3 DIMMs.


 

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I’ve updated the current blade server comparison list to include the E5-4600 v2 offering:

 

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Direct link to PDF (117kb): BladesMadeSimple_Blade_Server_Comparison_3.12.14

If you see anything missing or incorrect, let me know.

 

 

Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BladesMadeSimple.com.  He has over 17 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 Sales Engineer covering the Global Enterprise market.

Disclaimer: The views presented in this blog are personal views and may or may not reflect any of the contributors’ employer’s positions. Furthermore, the content is not reviewed, approved or published by any employer.

Sneak Peek at HP ProLiant BL660c E5-4600 v2 Offerings

It appears someone at HP slipped up and posted Intel E5-4600 v2 specs for the HP ProLiant BL660c Gen 8 blade server a few weeks ahead of Intel’s announcement later in Q1.  HP has since removed the details, but customers looking at the 4 socket blade server may be interested to know what HP will be offering, so check out Google’s cache of the HP QuickSpec at: 

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:-Uh2au2-GvMJ:h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/14394_ca/14394_ca.pdf+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Not a new product, just an update in the CPU offering.  When Intel officially releases the E5-4600 v2 CPU, I’ll make sure to provide details along with the other blade server vendors offering.  I’ll also update the blade comparison document, so please make sure to check back often.

 

 

Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BladesMadeSimple.com.  He has over 17 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 Sales Engineer covering the Global Enterprise market.

Disclaimer: The views presented in this blog are personal views and may or may not reflect any of the contributors’ employer’s positions. Furthermore, the content is not reviewed, approved or published by any employer.

Blade Server Comparisons – Feb 2014

 

This update includes blade servers with the Intel Xeon E5-2400 v2 CPU.  I’ll add the E7 v2 once they begin shipping (and I have some data).

 

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Link: BladesMadeSimple_BladeServer_Comparison_updated2.26.14

 

Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BladesMadeSimple.com.  He has over 17 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 Sales Engineer covering the Global Enterprise market.

Disclaimer: The views presented in this blog are personal views and may or may not reflect any of the contributors’ employer’s positions. Furthermore, the content is not reviewed, approved or published by any employer.

New Blade Servers Based on Intel E7 v2 Announced

The Intel Xeon E7 v2 CPU was officially announced today advertising 2x the performance, 3x the memory and 4x the I/O bandwidth compared to previous generations.   For more information on what the E7 v2 CPU offers, as well as what blade servers were announced, continue reading below.

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Intel E5 2600 v2 vSphere Compatibility

One of the first questions I’ve received when I started discussing the new Intel E5 2600 v2 CPU is “will it work with my existing blade server VMware clusters?”  The sales answer is YES, of course.  The real answer is, it depends. 

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