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.
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I recently was asked, am I seeing server vendors exiting the blade server market? If so, what are they selling in place of blades? Honestly, I was surprised by the question. The only whisper of any exits from the blade market were stirred up last year with the rumors of Cisco exiting. I address that in this post, but I wanted to see if there was any validity into what was being asked, so I dug around. I was surprised by what I found. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
A recent blog post on Blocksandfiles.com is sparking concerns around the future of Cisco’s rack and server business. Are they on their way out, or is this just a bump in the road. Here are my thoughts. Continue reading →
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 →
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.