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What You May Not Know About PowerEdge VRTX

We just learned this week that the PowerEdge VRTX, which was announced in June of 2013, will remain in the Dell EMC portfolio into 2021.  This is great news for customers who have invested into the “datacenter in a box” platform and opens up an opportunity for those who aren’t using it.  It’s been a

Behind the Scenes of the PowerEdge MX Plexiglass Chassis

If you’ve been to a trade show in the past year, you likely saw the Dell EMC PowerEdge MX blade chassis with a see-through, plexiglass design.  One of the designers, Max Abelardo, recently published a video showing how they made the plexiglass chassis, and it’s quite impressive.

Blade Server Comparison – September 2018

With the recent release of the Dell EMC PowerEdge MX blade servers, I realized it’s been a year since I’ve updated my blade server comparison chart.  Below is an updated chart to help guide you to the best blade server for your project.  (REVISED December 2018 – fixed drive count on Dell EMC PowerEdge MX

New Study Compares Networking Capabilities of Blade Server Solutions

An independent testing company, Principled Technologies, recently released a study that compared the networking capabilities of Dell EMC PowerEdge MX, HPE Synergy and Cisco UCS using VMware vMotion.  Their findings:

A Look Under the Covers of the PowerEdge MX7000 Chassis

VMworld 2018 opened with Dell EMC revealing the PowerEdge MX architecture to the public.  The show floor included the full chassis along with a plexiglass version providing a behind the scenes view into the guts of the MX7000 chassis.  I was able to grab a few pictures, but they don’t do it justice.  I encourage

This Server Technology Is a Game Changer so You Better Be Ready

As I’m talking with customers about rack or blade servers, I always start with industry trends.  I make sure they understand the things to be aware of with Intel Xeon SP processors, what’s new with AMD EPYC processors, NVMe drives and I wrap it up discussing Storage Class Memory  If you aren’t familiar with Storage Class

Dell EMC Announces New Blade Server Platform

At the General Session of Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas Tuesday, Jeff Clarke stunned the audience by “previewing” Dell EMC’s next generation modular platform, the PowerEdge MX.

Looking for Topics

I need your help. I try to post something each month to keep the site fresh, but I’m struggling for useable content in this period where no new blade server products are being announced. If you have content or ideas that you’d like to see, please let me know via email, Twitter or comments below.

Upgrading Your Blade Servers For Free

No, this isn’t click bait.  You could possibly upgrade your blade servers and it could actually end up saving you money (and theoretically be free.)  Let me explain.

Why You Should Consider Changing Your Memory Architecture

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the new Intel Xeon SP processor has more cores but it also has more memory channels.  This means you should really consider changing the way you architect your blade servers.

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