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

Want 400GbE in a Blade Server? Here’s How

A few years ago, the thought of needing multiple 25GbE ports on a blade server was not even a consideration.  In fact, I did a survey 6 years ago and got an overwhelming response that only a couple of 10GbE ports was needed for VMware virtualization efforts.  Today there is now an option to have 8 x 25GbE ports in a 2 CPU blade server – but there are some things you need to know. Continue reading

What Does the Future Hold for the Blade Server?

One of the goals I have for this blog is to keep it current with news and updates from blade top tier server vendors.  However, over the past year, I have found it harder and harder to find relevant information.   Why is this?  Is it just because we in a lull between new blade server models or is the blade server dying? I decided to dig a little deeper into this question. Continue reading

A Slick New Way to Get More GPUs on Blade Servers

It should be no surprise that the popularity of accelerators in the datacenter continues to grow.  Last year I wrote a blog post on the GPU options for blade servers.  At that time, the options were limited to either small GPUs like the NVIDIA T4 or mezzanine based GPUs.  The  market really hasn’t added anything more in the GPU-on-blade space until now. Continue reading

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

If You Use PowerEdge Blade Servers You Should Know About This

If you are using Dell blade servers, I may have a little known resource that could help you.  Ever heard of the “PowerEdge MX I/O Guide?”  If not, I’m not surprised.  It was primarily used as an internal resource, but now it’s available to the public. Continue reading