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
As I talk with customers, I often run into camps who either love blade servers or they absolutely hate them – and will never use them. I even hear some people think blade servers are dying off, but I think that is far from the case. In fact, I believe that blade servers could be the future of the datacenter and here’s why. Continue reading
UPDATED 9.23.2016 When looking at the blade server market, the options for GPUs are very limited – in fact only a couple of vendors offer them (more on this later.) So you have to question, is it a good idea to put a GPU in a blade server? Let’s review and find out. Continue reading
Below is the chart for the newest 4 socket blade servers based on the Intel Xeon E5-4600 v3.
Many of the blade vendors made announcements recently featuring the Intel Xeon E7 v3 CPU, so below is an updated chart of current blade servers. Once Intel announces the Xeon E5-4600 v3 I’ll include those as well. Continue reading
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
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).
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.
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It is no surprise that AMD is losing the battle of the x86 server market in the datacenter, but I had no idea their market share was as low as it appears. Even in the blade server space, you may notice that only a couple of server manufacturers offer AMD now. A recent study of AMD vs Intel Continue reading
Along with the Intel blade server announcements, Tuesday HP also announced two new AMD based blades, the BL465c G7 and BL685G7. Although originally viewed as a refresh of their existing AMD blade servers, while at the HP Tech Forum in Las Vegas, I found there were a few interesting facts. Let’s take a look. Continue reading